All-star comedy is a racing cert

A line-up of favourites are gathering at the post, ready for the off in sure-bet, classic British comedy Dry Rot.

The comedy can be seen at Derby Theatre from July 9-14 and boasts a host of well-known faces.

Liza Goddard, Susan Penhaligon, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace (Hale And Pace), Neil Stacy and Derren Nesbitt star in John Chapman’s classic play.

Dry Rot is a hilarious farce which sees a crooked bookie and his two accomplices devise a cunning plan to ‘get rich quick’, to kidnap the odds-on favourite horse and replace it with their own decrepit nag.

But Honest Alf, Flash Harry and Fred find more hurdles than they bargained for on their way to the final post, a comatose horse, a blossoming love affair and a bewildered French jockey all see chaos reign under the roof of the eccentric Colonel Wagstaff and his wife.

Secret doors, split-second timing, flawless physical comedy and an all-star cast, with some of the country’s best-loved faces, make Dry Rot a sure bet for an explosive night that will have you roaring with laughter.

Liza Goddard is one of the UK’s best-loved actresses. Recently seen onstage in Noel Coward’s Star Quality and Alan Acykbourn’s Season’s Greetings, her appearances on stage and TV in titles such as Take Three Girls, The Brothers, The Importance of Being Earnest and Lady Windermere’s Fan have made her a firm favourite with audiences.

Susan Penhaligon’s many credits include Upstairs, Downstairs and Emmerdale on TV and Verdict, Murder on Air and Bedroom Farce on stage. Gareth Hale and Norman Pace are one of the UK’s most successful comedy duos.

Their award-winning TV series Hale And Pace ran for ten years on ITV and they remain one of the most popular comedy acts on the international touring circuit.

They are joined by Neil Stacy, star of ITV’s classic comedy Duty Free, Derren Nesbitt, recently seen in Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime and best known for his role in Where Eagles Dare, Evelyn Adams, Michael Keane, Bob Saul and Sarah Whitlock.

Tickets are £8-£24, (concessions £8-£21). For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 59 39 39.