Well-known TV stars to perform in play at school

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A FORMER Moreton Hall pupil will return to school next month to stage a week-long comic play, with the help of some well-known actors.

Lucy Speed, best-known for playing Natalie Evans in the BBC One soap EastEnders and Det con Stevie Moss in the ITV series The Bill, will be joined by Arthur Bostrom, who played the bumbling Officer Crabtree in ’Allo ’Allo, for performances of the British farce, See How They Run.

The play will run during half term, from October 25-29, in the sports hall at Moreton Hall Prep School, in Mount Road – where the production’s artistic director Alastair Whatley was a pupil.

It is being produced by the Original Theatre Company, which Mr Whatley founded in 2004, and to coincide with its wartime theme, the sports hall will feature 1940s music and a 1940s-style bar.

Mr Whatley, from Whepstead, said: “I would love for people to come and see this, it’s such an accessible piece and one of the funniest plays that’s ever been written.”

He added: “It’s going to be a big event for the school, but also for the town – we’ve had precious little opportunity to bring our touring company back into the town that we operate out of, so to bring such a wonderful play and cast to such an unusual space is going to be a great homecoming, I really can’t wait.”

Mrs Speed, who refers to Suffolk as her ancestral home, is to play Miss Skillon, the local spinster and general do-gooder who gets drunk by mistake.

“The audience can expect lots of laughs and to have a really good time – it’s really good fun and definitely worth a look,” she said.

Headteacher Simon Head said: “Moreton Hall prides itself on the breadth of its curriculum so we’re very happy to be supporting the arts in this way and, who knows, of our current pupils, no doubt there’s plenty of stars for the future among them.”

There will also be the chance to audition your dog for a part, with details of Pup Idol to be released shortly.

Tickets are priced at £16, with £14 for concessions and £10 for the matinee performances on October 26 and 29. They can be purchased at the Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Box Office on 01284 6769505 or online at www.theatreroyal.org

For more information on the production, visit www.originaltheatre.com