The MPs expenses scandal is something that still resonates with the public, despite the controversy emerging back in 2009, and with that in mind the upcoming show The Duck House should attract a great deal of attention when it opens at the Vaudeville Theatre in November. Taking its name from the famous case of an MP claiming a pond feature on his parliamentary expenses, the show is a satirical look at one of the biggest political scandals in recent history.
Writing is Dan Patterson, best known as the creator of Mock The Week and Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Colin Swash, a producer of Have I Got News For You. Those with theatre tickets will likely agree that this is a tantalising team-up.
The show will focus on a character by the name of Robert Houston, a backbencher in the Labour party who wishes to hold on to his seat in the commons by any means necessary – even if this means changing sides to the Conservatives. But just before he has the interview that will make this party-swap complete the 2009 expenses scandal hits and everything suddenly changes.
Ben Miller is the actor recruited to take on the mentioned part of Robert Houston and he does so as a successful television comedian. The performer is best known for his work with Alexander Armstrong as the duo Armstrong & Miller, though he has also appeared in the likes of Johnny English, The Parole Officer and Death In Paradise, among others. For the stage he was part of the original cast of The Ladykillers when it appeared at the Gielgud Theatre (the show is currently at the Vaudeville with a different cast) and he has performed on many occasions at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
As well as Miller the cast also includes The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice actress Diana Vickers – better known for her appearance on The X Factor – as well as Nancy Carroll, who appeared in The Magistrate at the Olivier National Theatre in 2012/13, James Musgrave, Debbie Chazen and Simon Shepherd, with Terry Johnson directing.
The Duck House runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from Tuesday 10th December 2013 (with previews set to begin on Wednesday 27th November 2013).
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