Ben Miller to star in expenses scandal play

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Ben Miller is to star in a new West End play about the parliamentary expenses scandal, opening at the Vaudeville Theatre in December.

The show will also feature Nancy Carroll, Debbie Chazen, James Musgrave, Simon Shepherd and Diana Vickers. It begins previews at the Vaudeville on November 27, following a five-week UK tour, and will have press night on December 10.

The Duck House
The Duck House

Miller said: “They say that comedy equals tragedy plus time, and traumatic as the expense scandal was hopefully we can all now have a bloody good laugh about it. And if any MPs don’t like it they can always claim for it on expenses.”

The Duck House is written by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash and will be directed by Terry Johnson. It is produced in the West End by Nica Burns, TC Beech, Charles Diamond, Neil Eckersley, Ian Lenagan and Max Weitzenhoffer in association with the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

Burns added: “This wickedly funny play delights in having a good laugh at the expense of our politicians – whilst inspiring serious debate about the underlying issues which affect us all.”