Dodgy times and MPs with Ben

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Ben Miller leads the cast in the world premiere of MP-expenses-inspired The Duck House, which opens at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre on Thursday, October 24 and runs until Saturday, November 2, prior to a West End transfer.

An outrageous new comedy set in a world of dodgy receipts, dodgier deceit, and pure Parliamentary panic, The Duck House also stars Olivier Award-winning Actress Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd and Diana Vickers.

May 2009. Gordon Brown’s Government is in meltdown and a General Election is just one year away. Labour backbencher Robert Houston (Ben Miller) loves being an MP and will do anything to save his seat – including change sides.

All is going well with his switch from red to blue until, on the eve of his final interview with Sir Norman Cavendish (Simon Shepherd), a Tory grandee, the Expenses Scandal breaks.

As public fury mounts over taxpayers’ millions being frittered away on second homes, hanging baskets, moat-cleaning and duck houses, Robert and his secretarial staff, aka wife Felicity (Nancy Carroll), student son Seb (James Musgrave), Seb’s girlfriend Holly (Diana Vickers) and Russian housekeeper Ludmilla (Debbie Chazen) find themselves in big, big trouble.

Tony and Olivier Award-winner Terry Johnson directs the political satire from two writers who’ve been making fun of politicians for decades: Dan Patterson (BBC2’s Mock the Week) and Colin Swash (BBC1’s Have I Got News For You).

Tickets on 01483 440000 or by visiting the website at www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk.