Theatre Royal Haymarket

Barking in Essex Launch at the Hippodrome, 21st May 2013

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Pre Launch at the Hippodrome

Last week the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s co-production Barking in Essex held its launch at London’s Hippodrome Casino.

Set in Essex, the hilarious new comedy by Clive Exton follows the criminal blunder world of The Packers #meetthepackers who are Lee Evans, Sheila Hancock, Keeley Hawes, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard. The show opens this September at the Wyndham’s Theatre.

Guests were greeted by Essex style canapés (mini prawn cocktails!) and Rocco Venezia Superiore Prosecco (apt as one of the characters is called Rocco!) in the Hippodromes lovely Heliot Bar.

The lunchtime event was introduced by Carole Winter from MJE Productions, and was followed by director Harry Burton who gave some background information on Clive’s previous work (best known for his scripts of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, P. G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves and Wooster, and Rosemary & Thyme) plus some video footage from Robert Daws talking about his time working with Clive.

Next up the cast revealed the shows trailer (which was written by Lee) before talking on stage about the play and the characters they play. This was followed by questions and answers from the guests.

Check out some of the great pictures from the launch below!


Barking in Essex Mugs


Pre Launch at the Hippodrome


Meet the Packers Banners


The launch


Sheila Hancock, Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard



Lee Evans


Harry Burton


Karl Johnson, Lee Evans and Harry Burton


Karl Johnson and Montserrat Lombard


Lee Evans and TRH Chairman Arnold M. Crook


Sheila Hancock, Montserrat Lombard, Karl Johnson, Lee Evans and the show’s director Harry Burton



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