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Julian Clary to star in premiere of black comedy

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Julian Clary is to star in the world premiere of a new play by Stephen Clark.

Le Grand Mort is billed as a ‘black comedy’, and was written especially for Clary by Clark, who died in October aged 55.

He had previously written the book and lyrics for a musical adaptation of Love Story, and lyrics for a re-worked version of Martin Guerre.

Clary said: “In 2010 Stephen Clark took me out to lunch in Camden and told me he’d like to write a play for me. How lovely, how flattering, how unusual!

“Over the following few years I got the occasional email from Stephen saying ‘I haven’t forgotten the play!’ but I decided he’d probably thought better of it. We were both busy with life, work and in Stephen’s case, some serious health issues.

“Then, one day in 2013, it arrived. A funny, dark, beautiful play…Le Grand Mort will take me so far out of my comfort zone I may never return.”

Christopher Renshaw will direct, with design by Justin Nardella and lighting by Jamie Platt. It is produced by Danielle Tarento.

Le Grand Mort runs at Trafalgar Studios 2 from September 20 to October 28, with press night on September 25.

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