Priceless Antiques

Wood's 'soap' hits West End

The musical stage version of Victoria Wood's Acorn Antiques is to open the West End on January 30, it has been announced.

It will run for 16 weeks at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket.

The original cast from Wood’s As Seen On TV series - Julie Walters, Celia Imrie and Duncan Preston – have been reunited fro the production, which is directed by Trevor Nunn.

They will be joined by others, including Sally Ann Triplett, who led the National Theatre’s revival of Anything Goes.

Acorn Antiques first started life as a Crossroads spoof on Wood’s TV show 18 years ago, but since built up a cult following of its own.

When the idea for the musical was first mooted a year ago, Wood said: "I've always wanted to write a musical and I couldn't resist the collision of song, dance and Mrs Overall. I just want to give people a lovely, happy night in the theatre."

The Theatre Royal, Haymarket is currently home to Becket, starring Dougray Scott, which is closing on December 11, two months early.

Published: 27 Nov 2004

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