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Barking in Essex – Reviews Round-up

September 22, 2013 

A round-up of reveiws of Barking in Essex at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex. Photo: Roy Tan

Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex. Photo: Roy Tan

Sheila Hancock and Lee Evans star in the late Clive Exton’s new play Barking in Essex about a dysfunctional Essex family.

A strong supporting cast includes Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard.

But did the critics go for it?

Seems not. Despite being a new play it was written a decade ago and generally the critics feel that the play is out-of-date, not funny enough and doesn’t do justice to the acting talent attached to the project.

Read reviews from the Guardian, Standard, FT and more, below.

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September 16, 2013 

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Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex. Photo: Roy Tan

Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex. Photo: Roy Tan

The late playwright Clive Exton (Jeeves and Wooster) never got to see a production of one of his final plays, comedy Barking in Essex. The world premiere of the show is tonight, 16 September 2013, at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London and promises to be one of the big shows over Christmas.

The comedy stars the inimitable Sheila Hancock and mega-successful comedian Lee Evans as mother and son Emmie and Darnley Packer, a dysfunctional family embroiled in a world of gangsters and hidden cash.

A strong supporting cast includes Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard.

Photos by Roy Tan

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LEE EVANS in Barking in Essex

September 12, 2013 

Lee Evans stars in new comedy Barking in Essex at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

LEE EVANS in Barking in EssexBarking in Essex is the diabolically funny new play by Clive Exton (Jeeves and Wooster) starring Sheila Hancock and Lee Evans as mother and son the Packer’s – Essex’s lovable but dysfunctional family.

Lee Evans is one of the UK’s most successful comedians having performed his live comedy shows for over 2 million fans around the world and selling millions of DVDs.

As an actor Lee has also had enormous success. On film his credits include Funny Bones, The Fifth Element, MouseHunt, There’s Something About Mary, The Ladies Man, The Martins, Plots with a View, Vacuums, The Medallion and Freeze Frame.

Stage roles include playing Clov in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame opposite Michael Gambon, and Leo Bloom in the London production of Mel Brook’s The Producers alongside Nathan Lane

Lee’s awards include ‘Special Contribution To Comedy’ Award at The British Comedy Awards 2011, and the ‘Perrier Award’ and the Time Out Award for Comedy.

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Keeley Hawes To Join Lee Evans And Sheila Hancock In Barking In Essex

March 22, 2013 

ALSO STARRING KARL JOHNSON AND MONTSERRAT LOMBARD
PREMIERING AT WYNDHAM’S THEATRE ON MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER 2013

Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard are joining the cast of Clive Exton’s comedy, BARKING IN ESSEX, starring Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock. The play will premiere at Wyndham’s Theatre on Monday 16 September 2013, following previews from 6 September.

Freedom finally beckons for lowlife con man Algie Packer. He’s done seven years inside and now he’s coming home to spend his carefully stashed cash – £3.5million in untraceable notes. But there’s something Algie’s family has forgotten to mention… The Packers are your average dysfunctional Essex crime family with a big problem. Are they going to be able to cover their tracks before Algie arrives home?

Lee Evans (The Producers, Endgame, The Dumb Waiter) is hapless, dim-witted Darnley, Sheila Hancock (The Last of the Duchess, Sister Act, The Birthday Party) is Emmie, his mother and very much the boss of the family, and Keeley Hawes (Spooks, Ashes to Ashes, Upstairs Downstairs) is Chrissie, Darnley’s perma-tanned wife. Karl Johnson (Lark Rise to Candleford, Noises Off and a long career at the National Theatre) plays their neighbour and friend Rocco, and Montserrat Lombard (St Trinian’s 2, Ashes to Ashes, Love Soup) plays Allegra, Archie’s high-class lawyer and girlfriend, whom he’s sent on ahead to retrieve the money.

Clive Exton’s writing credits include the highly-acclaimed film 10 Rillington Place, Poirot, and Jeeves and Wooster. BARKING IN ESSEX will be directed by Harry Burton (The Dumb Waiter, The Leisure Society), with design by Simon Higlett, lighting by James Farncombe, sound by Gareth Owen and casting by Anne Vosser. It will be produced in London by MJE Productions and James Quaife Productions.

Release issued by: Amanda Malpass PR

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SHEILA HANCOCK in Barking in Essex

January 25, 2013 

Sheila Hancock stars in new comedy Barking in Essex at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

SHEILA HANCOCK in Barking in EssexBarking in Essex is the diabolically funny new play by Clive Exton (Jeeves and Wooster) starring Sheila Hancock and Lee Evans as mother and son the Packer’s – Essex’s lovable but dysfunctional family.

To many, Sheila Hancock is nothing short of a national treasure with a career spanning theatre, television, radio and film.

Theatre work includes her West End debut in 1958 in Breath of Spring, Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop production of Make Me An Offer, One Over the Eight with Kenneth Williams, her Broadway debut in Entertaining Mr Sloane, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd, work at the RSC and National Theatre, and Mother Superior in Sister Act the Musical at the London Palladium. In 2007 she won an Olivier Award for her performance in Cabaret.

TV work includes Carol in the BBC series The Rag Trade, The Bed-Sit Girl, The Secretary Bird, Mr Digby Darling, Now Take My Wife, Kavanagh QC, alongside her late husband John Thaw, EastEnders, Fortysomething, Bleak House, New Tricks, The Catherine Tate Show, The Last Word and The Rain Has Stopped.

Film roles include Carry On Cleo, The Anniversary, The Wildcats of St Trinian’s, Buster, Three Men and a Little Lady and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

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Barking in Essex at Wyndham’s Theatre

January 3, 2013 

Barking in Essex is the diabolically funny new play by Clive Exton (Jeeves and Wooster) starring Sheila Hancock and Lee Evans as mother and son the Packer’s – Essex’s lovable but dysfunctional family.

Freedom finally beckons for Algie Packer, Essex’s most notorious gangster. He’s done seven years inside and now he’s coming home to collect his booty – £3,672,000 in untraceable notes. But there’s something Algie’s family have forgotten to mention…

Meet The Packers, Essex’s lovable, but most dysfunctional family. Lee Evans (The Producers, Endgame, The Dumb Waiter) is hapless, dim witted Darnley, the village idiot of the criminal underworld, and Sheila Hancock (Sister Act, The Last of the Duchess, Cabaret) is Emmie, his mother – the family’s Rottweiler with a hairdo. Witness the Packers as they desperately try to cover their tracks before Algie arrives to collect what is rightfully his.

A strong supporting cast includes Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard.

Barking in Essex is a diabolically funny new play by Clive Exton, the acclaimed writer of 10 Rillington Place and Jeeves and Wooster, and is directed by Harry Burton (The Dumb Waiter, The Leisure Society).

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