Mayhem and a runaway horse

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Dandy Dick, Theatre Royal, Brighton, June 28-July 7.

TO CELEBRATE the launch of Dandy Dick, the inaugural production to be staged by Theatre Royal Brighton Productions, the first ever Dandy Dick Stakes took place at Brighton Racecourse.

Patricia Hodge and Nicholas Le Prevost, the stars of Dandy Dick, joined the entire cast to watch the race, which Theatre Royal Brighton had sponsored to mark the launch.

Dandy Dick by Arthur Wing Pinero opens at Theatre Royal on June 28. Written by Pinero while he was resident in Brighton in 1887, Dandy Dick tells the hilarious story of the Very Reverend Augustin Jedd, a pillar of Victorian respectability, who preaches regularly against the evils of horseracing and gambling. However, a visit from his tearaway sister, Georgiana, leads him to risk all at the races, much against his better judgement. Mayhem ensues, with romantic intrigue, mistaken identity and a runaway horse.

Olivier Award-winner Patricia Hodge, whose career spans film (Betrayal, Behind Enemy Lines), theatre (Noises Off, Calendar Girls) and television (a BAFTA nomination for Hotel du Lac, The Falklands Play and Miranda), will play Georgiana. Nicholas Le Prevost, whose distinguished stage career includes many productions at the National Theatre, including My Fair Lady, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, and, most recently, The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley in the West End, will star as the Dean. Also in the cast will be Michael Cochrane, John Arthur, Rachel Lumberg, Peter Sandys-Clarke, Florence Andrews, Katie Stokes, Matthew Weyland, Micheal Onslow, Samuel Martin, Charles de Bromhead, Jennifer Rhodes and Andrew McDonald.

Christopher Luscombe directs the play. His recent credits as director include The Merry Wives of Windsor at Shakespeare’s Globe, When We Are Married in the West End, which received an Olivier nomination for Best Revival, and the UK Tour of Spamalot for ATG. His acclaimed production of The Madness of George III opened at the Apollo Theatre in January this year after a hugely successful UK tour.

Dandy Dick will be designed by Janet Bird, with lighting by Paul Pyant, music by Nigel Hess and sound by Gregory Clarke. As part of Theatre Royal Brighton Productions, Dandy Dick will be produced by Howard Panter, Adam Speers and Evanna White for Ambassador Theatre Group.

Tickets for Dandy Dick are available from www.atgtickets.com/brighton or

0844 871 7650 (bkg fee).