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Musical whodunnit by Rocky Horror writers to run at St James Theatre

Richard O'Brien, who co-wrote The Rocky Horror Show, helped write The Stripper
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A musical whodunnit by the creators of The Rocky Horror Show and the UK premiere of a new comedy will both play at the St James Theatre in London later this year.

The Stripper, a musical by Richard O’Brien and Richard Hartley, will play in the theatre’s studio space from July 7 to August 13, with a press night on July 11. It will be directed by Benji Sperring.

Later in the season, new comedy Waiting for Waiting for Godot will play in the studio from August 30 to September 24, with a press night on September 1.

Mark Bell will direct the play, which was written by Dave Hanson and originally premiered off-Broadway in 2013.

The theatre is also bringing back musical play The Pianist of Willesden Lane, marking the first time a show has returned to the venue after a first outing.

It will run again in the theatre’s main house from September 7 to October 16.

The theatre’s creative director James Albrecht said the two studio shows were running for longer than usual in an “exciting deviation from the norm”.

He went on: “For six weeks from July The Stripper will transform the studio into an underworld of mystery, pulp fiction and sleaze – as we might expect from the creators of The Rocky Horror Show.

“And in September, New York Fringe Festival award winner Waiting for Waiting for Godot comes to the studio in a new production directed by The Comedy about a Bank Robbery director, Mark Bell.”

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