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Amanda Drew Joins Butley at the Duchess Theatre

Saturday, 26th Mar 2011  

The West End and EastEnders Actress Joins Dominic West in the London Show

Whilst last week saw a large rise in the amount of stories relating to the Savoy Theatre – or more specifically its popular show Legally Blonde the Musical – it has been the turn of the Duchess Theatre this week to step into the limelight. The venue has made numerous announcements in recent days, mostly related to the closure of Sign Of The Times and the revival of Mike Leigh’s “Ecstasy” at the venue in coming weeks. Today, however, it is the turn of Butley, which opens its doors in June, to make its way into the news with a new casting announcement.

It has been revealed that Dominic West will be joined by Amanda Drew when the show makes its way to the West End, giving audiences another familiar face from the screen to witness when the play opens. Like West, Drew has been seen by audiences thanks to her television appearances and whilst the former appeared in the American television series “The Wire”, London theatre audience members will likely recognise Drew from the likes of “EastEnders”.

But it is not just the famous BBC soap that Drew has worked on over the years. The British actress has also appeared in various productions on the stage around London, from roles at the Royal Court Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company to the Chichester Festival Theatre and the West End. Her credits over the years have included “Enron” at the Chichester, Royal Court and Noel Coward Theatre and “Parlour Song” at the Almeida Theatre. Meanwhile, her other television appearances include “Midsomer Murders” and “Holby Blue”, in addition to movies “The Other Man” and “Between Us”.

Butley tells the story of title-character Ben Butley (West), a lecturer and T.S Eliot scholar in an English department who has a particularly disastrous day. It is the day that his wife leaves him, his male lover finds a new benefactor and an ungifted member of the department manages to land a book deal. So to ensure that everyone suffers like he does he indulges in a games of name-calling and bullying – sowing the seeds of his own destruction.

The show was initially directed by Harold Pinter in the 1970s from Simon Gray’s original script. This time around it will be directed by Lindsay Posner.

Butley appears at the Duchess Theatre from Monday 6th June 2011 (previews from Wednesday 1st June 2011) to Saturday 27th August 2011.

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