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Hand to God gets West End transfer with Janie Dee and Jemima Rooper

Janie Dee at the press night for The Seagull at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Photo: David Jensen
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Janie Dee and Jemima Rooper are to reunite for a West End production of Hand to God next year.

The pair, who previously starred together in Blithe Spirit last year, will be joined in the cast of Hand to God by Harry Melling, Neil Pearson and Kevin Mains.

Following its run on Broadway earlier this year, the play will transfer to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre on February 5, running until June 11.

Written by Robert Askins, the Hand to God will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and produced by Nimax Theatres executive director Nica Burns and Kevin McCollum.

Burns said: “When I saw this play on Broadway, I laughed, I cried, I then cried with laughter and went ‘aah’ at the end. This is a fantastic play – a black comedy with enormous heart. It is for anyone who has been part of a family, or indeed left out of one….It also has the best puppet sex I have ever seen.”

McCoy added there was “a great appreciation of new original plays in London”, and said he was “excited to introduce playwright Rob Askins and director Moritz von Stuelpnagel to British audiences”.