Skinner extends, Toyer closes

Published March 12, 2009

Frank Skinner’s Credit Crunch Cabaret, a series of Monday night variety shows with tickets at a pocket-pleasing £10, has announced a further five dates at the Lyric theatre this spring.

The show, which played the last date in its current run on 9 March, will take a week’s break before resuming on 23 March, playing every Monday until 27 April.

Hosted by the comedian and star of Fantasy Football, Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned and The Frank Skinner Show, Frank Skinner’s Credit Crunch Cabaret has so far featured comedy and music from an eclectic range of guests including Ian Broudie, Connie Fisher, Dave Gorman, Richard Herring, Russell Howard, Simon Brodkin, Michael McIntyre, Al Murray and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson.

Acts confirmed so far for the new series of dates include: Jenny Éclair, La Clique’s Ursula Martinez, Alun Cochrane, Goldie Lookin Chain, Steve Williams, David Baddiel and Lee Mack.

In other news, psychological thriller Toyer is to close at the Arts theatre on 21 March, three weeks earlier than originally planned.

Toyer, written by American actor-turned-playwright Gardner McKay, is set in the LA hills in the home of psychologist Maude, who has been working on a highly disturbing case where a number of young women have been drugged and lobotomised by an assailant known only as the Toyer. When a young man arrives at Maude’s house late one night, what starts as a seemingly innocent encounter turns into a sexually charged battle of wits. Is the man merely a playful admirer of Maude, or is he in fact, the Toyer?

The two-hander stars Alice Krige (Star Trek) and Al Weaver (The Devil’s Whore). It opened at the Arts theatre on 25 February and had been booking until 11 April.

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