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Inbetweener takes Step to the stage

Published 28 February 2012

TV and film star Blake Harrison, best known as Neil in The Inbetweeners, will make his West End debut in Rob Hayes’s Step 9 (Of 12).

The new production, which is directed by Tom Attenborough, will run at the Trafalgar Studio 2 from 1 to 26 May.

Harrison found fame playing the naïve, dim-witted Neil in hit teenage comedy The Inbetweeners, which enjoyed three successful series and a movie adaptation, and has also been seen in TV comedies Him & Her, White Van Man and Dickens spoof The Bleak Old Shop Of Stuff.

The former BRIT school and East 15 Acting School student has also previously starred in fringe productions including The Accidental Lives Of Memories at the White Bear theatre and Suicide And Crumble at the Hen and Chicken theatre.

Step 9 (Of 12) casts Harrison as Keith, a drug and alcohol addict apologising for his past. But as past actions are raked over, it becomes clear they can have shocking repercussions for the present. 

Writer Rob Hayes’s previous plays include Selling Clive, which won the Lost Theatre Festival Best Overall Production in 2010, while director Attenborough’s work was most recently seen at the Southwark Playhouse, where he directed Ardal O’Hanlon in Port Authority.

Step 9 (Of 12) opens at the Trafalgar Studios following the current run of The Leisure Society, which features another West End debut, that of model Agyness Deyn.

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