From Coronation Street to Emmerdale and Poldark, is your TV favourite among the all-star cast bringing the classic comedy Ten Times Table to Edinburgh?
FANS of television are in for a treat next month when Bill Kenwright’s newly formed Classic Comedy Theatre Company brings a host of familiar telly faces to the King’s Theatre.
They will star in Ten Times Table, written by multi-award-winning writer Alan Ayckbourn.
The star cast is led by TV and stage actor Robert Daws, who is best known for his role as Dr Gordon Ormerod in The Royal as well as his roles in other hit shows such as Poldark, Outside Edge and Roger Roger. Joining him on stage is Deborah Grant, best known for playing Wendy in Not Going Out and Deborah Bergerac in Bergerac.
Emmerdale and Holby City star Gemma Oaten and Robert Duncan of Drop The Dead Donkey fame also feature as does theatre veteran and popular Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry, who is also well known for his appearances in Hollyoaks and as Kevin in Last Of The Summer Wine.
Finally the celebrity cast is completed by Craig Gazey, famous for his portrayal of Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street and Elizabeth Power known as EastEnders’ Christine Hewitt.
Together they make up ‘the committee from hell’ as they plan ‘a fete worse than death’.
In the long-since ‘grand’ ballroom of the local Swan Hotel, a most miscellaneous assemblage gathers to conduct the business of the Pendon Folk Festival, led by excitable chairman Ray (Daws). The leading lights of the village have decided to hold a pageant of local history based on a somewhat vague event, The Massacre of the Pendon Twelve. But there’s a young left-wing teacher on the committee who decides to turn it into a rally for proletarian revolution.
Committee meetings become symbolic battlefields for conflicting views - the right wing faction being led by the Chairman’s conservative wife. Add a military dog-breeder and an octogenarian secretary, and the table is set for one of comedy master Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays.
The production is directed by Robin Herford known for his work on the West End hit The Woman In Black, with lighting design by Jason Taylor, sound by Dan Samson and set and costume design is by Michael Holt.
Daws, Gazey and Curry are no strangers to the Capital, having appeared in productions at the King’s and Festival theatres in the past.
Ten Times Table, King’s Theatre, Leven Street, 3-8 February, 7.30pm (2.30pm), £18-£33, 0131-529 6000