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Cook & Moore play to close early

The West End play about the collapse of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore’s comedy partnership is to close early.

Pete And Dud: Come Again will now close on April 29 - five weeks earlier than originally planned.

The play, which is on at the Venue, Leicester Square, tells the story from Dudley’s perspective, and features several sketches near-identical to the Sixties originals.

In fact, the script was so close to the originals that many critics – who generally gave the show a moderately warm welcome – were fooled.

The Daily Telegraph’s Charles Spencer wrote: ‘Yet, for all the show's faults, and they are legion, I must admit I laughed a lot, because the original material still stands up so well.’

And Lyn Gardner in the Guardian said: the play ‘deserves its outing, not only because it offers an opportunity to relive some of the duo's famous skits, but also because it doesn't shirk the pain of their love-hate relationship.’

Pete And Dud: Come Again starred Tom Goodman-Hill as  Cook and Kevin Bishop as Moore. Written by Chris Bartlett and Nick Awde, it was a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Festival before its West End premiere in March.

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Published: 5 Apr 2006

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