It’s a dog’s life and writer, Richard Harris, knows better than most. The Outside Edge author wrote Dog Ends for the BBC’s Play For Today series. Now it’s cocking a leg at London’s Tabard Theatre later this month.
Dogs End, directed by Keith Strachan, has been adapted for the stage and makes its debut from March 23.
It stars Christien Anholt, Anita Graham, Bryan Hands, Hi-De-Hi’s Jeffrey Holland, Alex Mann, Charlotte Peak and Nick Wilton.
The time is tomorrow. Middle-aged George is under increasing emotional and financial pressure looking after his father and his beloved dog.
When George confides in neighbourhood friend, Henry, that the dog is nearing the end of his time, he is passed the contact of a highly-recommended vet.
However, there is a serious misunderstanding over just what it is the vet actually does and who he works for.
Richard Harris has written extensively for both theatre and television. His many stage plays include the award-winning Outside Edge, The Business of Murder and Stepping Out, a major West End revival of which is soon to open at the Vaudeville Theatre starring Amanda Holden.
His television credits include A Touch Of Frost, Shoestring, The Last Detective and The Avengers.
Christien Anholt (The Vet). Previous credits for the Tabard include Bluebird and Wastwater. Other theatre credits include Another Time (Wyndham’s Theatre), The Trial of Jane Fonda (Park Theatre), In Praise of Love and The Hothouse (West End).
His television credits include the series lead in Relic Hunter and, for film, Reunion, Hamlet, Flyboys and Dark Corners.
Anita Graham’s theatre credits include West End productions of Ray Cooney’s plays – including Run For Your Wife, Move Over Mrs Markham, The Mating Game and Wife Begins At Forty.
She also originated roles in Funny Money, Time’s Up and Michael Cooney’s Cash On Deliver.
Other credits include One In A Lifetime and Piaf (RSC), No No Nanette (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), and Look No Hans (Strand Theatre).
For television her work includes Doctor Who, Terry And June, Moon And Son, Benny Hill, Dick Emery, The Morecambe and Wise show and Horne and Corden.
Bryan Hands’ theatre credits include Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Much To Do About Nothing and The Warden (Gatehouse Theatre); film credits, Predator-Dark Ages and Anna Karenina.
Jeffrey Holland has appeared in Hi-De-Hi (stage and screen), Run For Your Wife (Criterion Theatre), Travels With My Aunt (Whitehall Theatre), Dong Ding Murder Me on High!, ‘Allo ‘Allo (UK tour).
On TV he is best known for his role as Spike in BBC TV’s Hi-De-Hi, the stuffy footman, James Twelvetrees, in all four series of the hugely successful You Rang M’Lord ? and
more recently as Mr Parkin the stationmaster in Oh, Dr. Beeching.
Alex Mann appeared in Sherlock Holmes and the Invisible Thing (Tabard Theatre). Other credits include Dunsinane (National Theatre of Scotland), Strangers On a Train (English Theatre, Frankfurt), The Miser (Watermill Theatre)and The Odyssey (National
On TV: Endeavour, At Home With the Georgians and Hustle.
Charlotte Peak theatre credits include Dreamboats & Petticoats, Dreamboats & Miniskirts (UK tours).
Nick Wilton has appeared in Dry Rot (Lyric Theatre), Cash On Delivery and Simple Spymen (Whitehall Theatre); Oklahoma! and The Railway Children (UK tour) and Guys and Dolls (Chichester Festival Theatre).
He is a series regular EastEnders, and has appeared inCarrott’s Lib, Hello Mum, FastForward, Playaway, Number 73 and Jackanory, all of which he also wrote.
Other writing credits include sketches for Not The Nine O’clock News, 3 Of A Kind, Spitting Image and Smith & Jones. .
The Tabard Theatre, Chiswick, has been operating since 1986. It was recently closed due to a change in management and is re-launching with this production of Dog Ends.
Dog Ends runs at the Tabard Theatre from March 22 – April 15.