TV comedienne Catherine Tate is to take to the stage later this year, playing a woman who attempted to assassinate US president Gerald Ford in 1975.
The former Doctor Who star will join Mike McShane and Andy Nyman in the Menier Chocolate Factory revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Assassins.
First staged in 1990, the show brings together people who have tried to kill the US president, some successfully.
Jamie Lloyd will direct the production at the South London venue.
The director’s recent credits include the Martin Freeman-led staging of Shakespeare’s Richard III at London’s Trafalgar Studios.
Tate, who can currently be seen in BBC One sitcom Big School, will play Sara Jane Moore in the show from 21 November until 8 February.
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"Do you ever regret not becoming a teacher?
Because every day in my job I get to shape young people’s lives for the better… and what could be more important than that?”
We’ve missed seeing David Walliams on our screens. He seemed to have disappeared ever since completing this year’s Britain’s Got Talent.
We know he was writing his new novel and enjoying a well deserved break, but still, his humour and charm were missed a lot.
The same goes for Catherine Tate, a lovely funny lady who is very underrated and deserves to be on TV a lot more.
Thankfully, both are returning today in the new series of Big School, starting tonight at 9:30. The pair star as two very dysfunctional teachers who are in love, but never seem to make it work.
"For one brief moment I was the most important woman in the whole of the universe. Oh gosh, I can’t thank Russell [T Davies] enough for just making that possible. For many people, I’m sure, what a gamble to take on someone like me who is known, by the vast majority of people, for wearing wigs and comedy teeth." - Catherine Tate
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