A star-studded comedy cast is assembled for the West End transfer of Tim Firth’s comedy Neville’s Island following an acclaimed run at Chichester Festival Theatre last year.
Adrian Edmondson, Miles Jupp, Neil Morrissey and Robert Webb play a group of middle-aged, middle-managers, sent on a bonding weekend – but they’re soon all at sea when the going gets rough and they become stranded on a very small island.
Shipwrecked in the Lake District, menaced by wildlife and with only a sausage between them, the unlikely explorers battle the elements and each other as corporate bonding descends into a hilarious carnival of squabbling, French cricket and cagoules.
Edmondson is reprising his performance as Gordon from the original run at Chichester and the show is being directed by Angus Jackson.
The production previews at the Duke of York’s Theatre from October 10 and is presently booking until January 3.
This celebrated production of Neville’s Island marks the play’s triumphant return to the West End, 20 years after the comedy was first seen in London.
Originally presented by the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1992 and subsequently at Nottingham Playhouse in 1994, Neville’s Island was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1995 before being adapted by Tim Firth as a TV movie starring Timothy Spall, Martin Clunes, David Bamber and Jeff Rawle.
Adrian ‘Ade’ Edmondson (Gordon) is best known for his roles in television series The Young Ones and Bottom, both of which he co-wrote alongside long-time comedy collaborator Rik Mayall.
Miles Jupp (Angus) is an actor, comedian and writer most recently seen in the hit BBC series Rev and Sky’s Spy.
Neil Morrissey (Neville) made his name in the BBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly, in which he starred for seven series. More recently, Morrissey has been seen in the BBC One drama series Waterloo Road.
Robert Webb (Roy) is the star of Channel 4’s multi-award winning Peep Show in which he appears alongside long-time collaborator David Mitchell.