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Rufus Hound to play Tom Good in new stage adaptation of ‘The Good Life’

Rufus Hound is to play Tom Good in a new stage adaptation of the iconic 1970s tv series The Good Life.

Hound is an award-winning actor, comedian and presenter equally at home with roles on screen including Doctor Who, Cucumber, Hounded and on the stage including One Man Two Guvnors (Theatre Royal Haymarket), What The Butler Saw (Theatre Royal Bath / Leicester Curve), Don Quixote (RSC), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre London), Present Laughter and Neville’s Island (Chichester Festival Theatre) and his award-winning role as Mr Toad in The Wind in the Willows (London Palladium, UK tour and cinema broadcast).

Written and directed by Jeremy Sans, the new comedy will open at Theatre Royal Bath on 7 October 2021, before dates at Cheltenham Everyman, Salford Lowry, Oxford Playhouse, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Richmond Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre. The UK tour will hopefully be followed by a West End season.

Full casting for the comedy is to be announced. Katherine Parkinson was previously announced to play Barbara Good, however it is not known if she is still attached to the show.

The Good Life is based on the classic television series by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, which followed suburban eco warriors, Tom and Barbara Good, rubbing along with their neighbours Margo and Jerry Leadbetter, desperately trying to maintain the Surbiton status quo? The iconic series starred Richard Briers, Felicity Kendal (currently appearing in Anything Goes), Penelope Keith and Paul Eddington.

The creative team includes Michael Taylor (set & costume), Mark Henderson (lighting), Fergus O’Hare (sound) and Ginny Schiller (casting).

The Good Life will open at Theatre Royal Bath on 7 October 2021, before dates at Cheltenham Everyman, Salford Lowry, Oxford Playhouse, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Malvern Theatres, Richmond Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre.


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