Hit comedy Neville’s Island gets West End transfer


Chichester Festival Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Neville’s Island is to get a West End transfer and an (almost) new cast.

The show, about a weekend corporate bonding session which goes disasterously wrong, will run at the Duke of York’s Theatre from October 10.

Tim Firth’s comedy sees the return of Adrian Edmondson, reprising his performance as Gordon from the original run at Chichester, with new casting of Miles Jupp, Neil Morrissey and Robert Webb.

Neville’s Island follows the misadventures of four out-of-condition, out-of-their-depth businessmen on an out-of-control team-building exercise.

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.

This celebrated production of Neville’s Island marks the play’s triumphant return to the West End, 20 years after it was first seen in London at the Apollo Theatre.

Neville’s Island was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1995 before being adapted by Tim Firth for Yorkshire Television.

It was aired in 1998 and starred 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.

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) is best known for in the BBC sitcom Men Behaving Badly, in which he starred for seven series.

Robert Webb (Roy) is best known for Channel 4’s multi-award winning Peep Show in which he stars alongside long-time collaborator David Mitchell.

The production is directed by Angus Jackson, associate director at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Neville’s Island will run from October 10-January 3.

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