Former Wicked star Rachel Tucker (pictured above with Matt Willis and Gina Beck) is to return to London theatre this summer when she joins the cast of Alan Ayckbourn’s Communicating Doors at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
The former I’d Do Anything contestant, who recently made her Broadway debut in Sting’s musical The Last Ship, will star alongside David Bamber, Lucy Briggs-Owen, Matthew Cottle and Imogen Stubbs in the comedy that runs from 7 May to 27 June.
Ayckbourn’s award-winning comedy finds Tucker playing professional dominatrix Poopay Dayseer who, when a job turns out to be far more life-threatening than she expects, flees through a hotel door to find herself in the past and caught up in the eventful life of her last client.
Tucker’s cast mates are all regulars on the London stage. Bamber can currently be seen starring alongside Maureen Lipman, James Dreyfus and an invisible rabbit in Harvey, Briggs-Owen recently created the role of Viola De Lesseps for the stage adaptation of Shakespeare In Love, Stubbs’ credits include Elephants (Hampstead Theatre) and Little Revolution (Almeida Theatre), while Cottle is a bit of an Ayckbourn expert having previously appeared in A Small Family Business, A Chorus Of Disapproval and Dear Uncle.
Lindsay Posner, who is currently working with Bamber on Harvey, directs the production.
Communicating Doors opens at London Bridge’s Menier Chocolate Factory following the run of current show Buyer And Cellar. Starring Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie, the one man show about a worker at Barbra Streisand’s underground shopping mall, runs until 2 May.