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Previewed 17 September 2003, Opened 2 October 2003, Closed 25 January 2004 at the Noel Coward Theatre in London
Ronald Harwood's adaptation of Francis Veber's Le Diner De Cons - See You Next Tuesday in London starring Nigel Havers and Ardal O'Hanlon.
Wealthy Parisian publisher Pierre has the career, the wife, the friends and the mistress - and an unusual pastime. Once a week, his friends meet for dinner and invite the most idiotic person they can find. By chance, Pierre comes across the finest nincompoop ever. When the paths of these two unlikely dinner companions cross, the resulting chaos is one of pure genius.
See You Next Tuesday stars Ardal O'Hanlon (Father Ted, My Hero) and Nigel Havers (Manchild, The Charmer). This hilariously entertaining comedy is adapted by Oscar winning writer Ronald Harwood (The Pianist) from Francis Veber's award-winning play and film Le Diner de Cons. Renowned French screenwriter and director Francis Veber, is also known for his adaptation of La Cage aux Folles (reworked into the Hollywood film The Birdcage).
The cast for See You Next Tuesday in London stars Nigel Havers as 'Pierre Brochant' and Ardal O'Hanlon as 'Francois Pignon' along with Patrick Ryecart, Geoffrey Hutchings, Carol Royle, Roy Sampson and Patsy Kensit. Directed by Robin Lefevre with designs by Liz Ascroft and lighting by Mick Hughes.
"In a cracking adaptation of Francis Zeber's classic French play, Le Diner De Cons, a star-studded cast milks the marvellous humour for all it's worth. As the manipulative snob Pierre, Nigel Havers carries the show with aplomb. But for the belly laughs it is Father Ted's Ardal O'Hanlan, showcasing his unrivalled skill at playing village idiots, who shines... Director Robin Lefevre captures the playful spirit of this comic tour de force. Ooh la la - I think we have a West End hit on our hands!" The Daily Mirror
"Robin Lefevre's production is amusing, but it relies more heavily than it should on one performance. Ardal O'Hanlon plays Franois, and he is a delight. A natural comic gift suffuses his goofiness, his anxieties, his eagerness to please. For a moment, when he realises that he has been set up as an idiot, he even achieves an unexpected dignity. Nigel Havers, as Pierre, gives an accomplished light-comedy performance. But he is too amiable. If he were more arrogant, his downfall would be much more keenly awaited, and the whole show would have more edge." The Sunday Telegraph
"Loosely translated, it's the story of a wealthy French publisher who invites penetratingly boring losers to dinner so his stuck-up, smug Parisian chums can laugh their silk socks off at them. The publisher says it's a laugh a minute; his wife calls it horrid and cruel. Robin Lefevre's stilted production succeeds in being neither, though it has its amusing moments thanks to the miraculous comic timing of Ardal O'Hanlon... Veteran playwright Ronald Harwood has given his English adaptation a new title, See You Next Tuesday. However, I suspect that the title isn't the only thing lost in the translation of this quintessentially French, lightweight farce." The Mail on Sunday
See You Next Tuesday in London at the Noel Coward Theatre previewed from 17 September 2003, opened on 2 October 2003 and closed on 25 January 2004.