Nigel Havers on the stage

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TV star Nigel Havers has described his latest role, which starts tonight (Friday, September 9) as terrifying.

Best known for his roles in Chariots of Fire, Dangerfield, Little Britain and Coronation Street, Havers appears in a brand new comedy called Basket Case at the Royal and Derngate, Northampton which runs to Saturday September 24.

It is a chance of pace for the star who is best known for his dramatic work to try his hand at something a little different.

Nigel said: “Doing comedy is terrifying, it’s like freefalling off a tall building. But it is a really funny show which makes me laugh and a good cast.

“However because it has never been seen before, I have no idea whether anyone in the audience will find it funny and that makes it scary.”

The show sees dependable Miranda and her ex-husband, the wholly unreliable Guy, played by Havers, thrown together when their faithful old family pet takes a turn for the worse. Reunited over the dog basket, Guy and Miranda find they haven’t ‘moved on’ quite as they’d imagined.

When they are joined by family friend James, who rarely sees a stick without getting the wrong end of it, and Martin, the vet and a long time admirer of Miranda, the scene is set for some startling home-truths as this rapid-fire foursome mines laughter and touching observations in equal measure.

It has proved to be a bit of a return to former glories for Nigel who has been reunited with the writer and one of the actors on a TV role from the past.

Nigel added: “I worked with the writer Nick Fisher on a show called Manchild and I particularly liked speaking the words he wrote for me. I suggested he write a play and it is terrific.

“He was undeterred and it has taken some time to get it absolutely right, but now it is ready.

“It has been a little bit of a reunion as Christine Kavanagh plays my ex-wife in this and was also in Manchild, so it has been nice to work with her again.”

He also had high praise for the Royal Stage which will be hosting Basket Case.

Nigel added: “I have been up to see the theatre and the Royal is absolutely beautiful, for our type of show it is absolutely fantastic, perfect, I can’t wait to perform there.”

He also gave a tantalising glance into the future talking about his future plans.

Nigel said: “I will be doing another play after this one and then will be working on a TV project for the next six months. Neither of which I can talk about yet but both should be very good.

“In the short term, I hope people come and enjoy Basket Case, it should be a good show.”

Tickets cost between £12 and £27 which can be booked by calling the box office on 01604 624811 or by visiting www.royalandderngate.co.uk