Barking in Essex at Wyndham’s Theatre

Wyndham's Theatre, London

Sorry, this show is not currently booking.

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).

Search for tickets

More information

Theatre: Wyndham’s Theatre

Barking in Essex at Wyndham’s Theatre

 


Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 4 January 2014

Show Photos


Important Notes

Age Restrictions: Strong language, 16+


Important COVID entry requirements

Mask
The government advises you to wear a face mask in crowded and enclosed spaces
Covid safety
This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.


Venue Information

Wyndham's Theatre, 32-36 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DA
Nearest Tube or Train: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 24, 29, 176
Directions:
Google Map
Apple Map
What3Words


News about Barking in Essex
More >

Barking in Essex – Reviews Round-up

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.

LINKS

Book tickets to Barking in Essex at the Wyndham’s Theatre

Photos: Barking in Essex at Wyndham’s Theatre

Productions photos 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

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.

Barking in Essex at the Wyndham's Theatre

Image 1 of 9

Barking in Essex at the Wyndham's Theatre. Photo: Roy Tan

Photos by Roy Tan

LINKS

Barking in Essex at Wyndham’s Theatre

 

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

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

LINKS

Book tickets to Barking in Essex at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London

More Great Shows
More >

Search
Filter by
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in excerpt
Search in content
Filter by Categories
News
Awards
London Theatres
Shows - Now Booking
Shows - Coming Soon
All Shows
Musicals
Plays
Offers

Leave a Review or Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Scroll to Top