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Tuesday, 24 November, 2015


We would like, if we may, to announce our star narrators for the UK Tour starting in Brighton this December - STEVE PUNT, CHARLIE CONDOU (Manchester only) and the return of PHILIP FRANKS!

The three actors will take on the iconic role during the new national tour of the show, which opens at Brighton’s Theatre Royal on 17 December 2015, and also stars Diana Vickers, Paul Cattermole, Ben Freeman and Liam Tamne.

Steve Punt has been half of Punt and Dennis for many years and has co-hosted The Now Show on Radio 4 since its inception in 1998. Steve also presents the university quiz The Third Degree and the light-hearted investigative show Punt PI for Radio 4. Steve’s TV writing and performing credits include Canned Carrott, The Mary Whitehouse Experience, Punt and Dennis, Mock the Week and Horrible Histories. In 2011 Steve played Eric Idle in BBC4's Holy Flying Circus.

Charlie, who will play The Narrator during the tour’s Manchester dates, is best known for playing Marcus Dent in Coronation Street for four years and his successful column ‘The Three of Us’ in The Guardian. Charlie’s other television credits include Me, You, and The Apocalypse, The Impressionists and Midsomer Murders. On the silverscreen, Charlie has starred in Good, Fred Claus and Charlotte Grey, while some of his theatre roles include Next Fall (Southwark Playhouse), Dying for It (The Almeida), The Changeling (Southwark Playhouse) and Shopping and F***king (UK Tour).

Philip Franks makes a welcome return to the role after playing The Narrator in the 40th Anniversary Tour of Rocky Horror Show. Philip takes over as The Narrator from June 2016. On television Philip is best known for playing Charlie in The Darling Buds of May and Sergeant Craddock in Heartbeat. His recent work in theatre includes Swanson in Flare Path and Hector in The History Boys tour. Philip’s West End theatre credits include Ivan in Art, Lloyd in Noises Off and Hamlet with the RSC.  Philip is also a director, with credits including Nicholas Nickleby (West End), The Comedy of Errors (Regent’s Park) and A Marvellous Year for Plum (Chichester Festival Theatre).

To summarise on who is playing where:

  •          Steve Punt will open in Brighton
  •          Charlie Condou plays the fortnight in Manchester only
  •          Steve then returns for venues up to and including Wimbledon (Sat 5th March 2016)
  •          Then we have a gap that is yet uncast! stand by for news.
  •          Philip Franks plays all venues from Dartford (wk of 6th June 2016).

All narrators subject to change.