Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lord's Link to an Anagram; Theatre

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lord's Link to an Anagram; Theatre

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THEATRE fans should face an intriguing puzzle when they look through the programme of the summer repertory season at Darlington's Civic Theatre.

Hidden among the credits for the comedy DAISY PULLS IT OFF will be the anagram of a famous name - it belongs to the lord of weekend entertainment on TV.

"Andrew Lloyd Webber's company controls the rights to Daisy and my contact in his office said he has written a new song," says Ian Dickens, the producer of the rep season.

"It will be performed for the first time here."

Daisy, a really spiffing yarn of a comedy, is set in an English girls' boarding school.

"Lord Lloyd Webber has written a new school song which goes right through the production. We have to put his name as an anagram in the programme but he's quite happy for us to say he's written it," says Ian.

Daisy, starring Julia Mallam from Emmerdale, Carly Hillman of EastEnders and Kim Hartman of 'Allo 'Allo, is the third show in the season which opens with one of the most famous farces of them all, RUN FOR YOUR WIFE, on Tuesday, June 10.

It is followed by psychological thriller THE BUSINESS OF MURDER from Tuesday, June 17, with Daisy from Tuesday, June 24, and another comedy, COME ON, JEEVES, completing the season from Tuesday, July 1.

Civic favourite David Callister will play John Smith, the taxi driver with two wives, in Run For Your Wife where he will be joined by Melvyn Hayes, Barry Howard and Paul Henry; Stephen Beckett returns to Darlington to star in The Business Of Murder; while Anita Harris, Victor Spinetti, Myfanwy Waring, Judy Buxton and Derren Nesbitt are in Jeeves.

"I'm really nervous," says Julia Mallam, who plays madcap poet Trixie Martin in Daisy. From Doncaster, the 25-year-old is best known as Emmerdale's Dawn Woods.

"Most of my work has been in TV," she explains, "and I wanted to get back into theatre because I didn't want to lose my bottle. You can't say 'Oh, I'm so sorry, can we do that again?' in the theatre.

"Daisy is also going on a long tour and it's my first tour, so no pressure! …

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