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WESTENDERS (article first published : 2002-04-22)

Musical greats and backstage antics are brought into the spotlight in the new Lango's show entitled Westenders - featuring Vanessa Skaer and Darren King at the Lango's Theatre running until May 26.

The show features some of the most memorable, poignant and captivating numbers made famous on London's legendary West End. Real life ex-Westenders Vanessa Skaer and Darren King will be joined by Derrick Anderson and Claire Rowlett in this new supper theatre musical show.

This is rehearsed “reality theatre”, as it were! The scene is a supper theatre venue and four actors are rehearsing for a new season. As the audience gets acquainted with these four very different characters, their stories are told with some great show-biz hits such as Last Night of the World, Hanky Panky, I Know Him So Well, I Dreamed a Dream, Memory, One and Big Spender.

Vanessa Skaer has travelled and performed extensively throughout England and Europe. Since moving to Durban, she has appeared in many supper theatre and cabaret productions throughout KZN. Now working with Darren, Vanessa has the opportunity of staging her own productions and working with someone with a similar style, training and background. Darren has also trained in England working in repertory theatre and West End productions for a number of years. The training and experience gleaned from their time on the West End circuit, led to the creation of Westenders.

Claire Rowlett and Derrick Anderson bring a welcome inclusion of new talent onto the local theatre scene. Claire was seen in last year's surprise hit Curtain Up and Derrick Anderson has an extensive dance and choreography background from the University of Pretoria.

Westenders is devised by Vanessa and Darren, written by Darren King and directed by Duncan Royce, assisted by Peter Court and Belinda Harward. Choreography is by Nicky Kennedy.

Book through Lango's Theatre on 031 563-7324, at Computicket or by calling 011 340-8000.




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