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Ben Miller in The Duck House at the Vaudeville Theatre

Saturday, 21st Sep 2013  

Diana Vickers and Nancy Carroll Also Starring in Dan Patterson and Colin Swash’s Satirical Play in the West End

A new production called The Duck House is set to appear at the Vaudeville Theatre during the Christmas season.

The show is a satirical look at the MPs expenses scandal penned by Dan Patterson (creator of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Mock The Week) and Colin Swash and will feature the well known comedian Ben Miller in a lead role. He stars alongside an experienced cast that includes the former X-Factor contestant Diana Vickers, who previously appeared in a revival of The Rise And Fall Of Little Voice at the same venue in 2009, Nancy Carroll, James Musgrave, Debbie Chazen and Simon Shepherd. Terry Johnson directs.

The Duck House, deriving its title from the famous incident of the Conservative MP that claimed a pond feature on his parliamentary expenses, focuses on a backbencher from the Labour Party, Robert Houston (Miller), who has a plan to save his seat in the commons by changing over to the Tory Party. But just prior to the interview that will make this official the 2009 expenses scandal hits and everything changes.

Dan Patterson, writing, will be best known to audiences for his work – with Mark Leveson - on the television series (and radio show) Whose Line Is It Anyway? on both sides of the Atlantic, in addition to the panel show Mock The Week. He has also been a producer on the likes of Room 101, Clive Anderson Talks Back, Clive Anderson All Talk and Fast & Loose, among others.

As he has worked with many big names from the world of British comedy talent it is no wonder that The Duck House will feature Ben Miller in a lead role, best known as one half of the comedy duo Armstrong & Miller (alongside Alexander Armstrong). Miller has also appeared in the likes of Death In Paradise and Primeval in addition to teaming up with another well known name from the comedy world – Graham Linehan – when he starred in the writer’s stage adaptation of The Ladykillers at the Gielgud Theatre.

The Duck House joins shows like Potted Panto during the Christmas season at the Vaudeville Theatre (with further shows like Candide appearing at other venues around the capital during the same period). It is set to appear at the West End venue from Tuesday 10th December 2013 (previews from Wednesday 27th November 2013). 

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