Menier premieres David Baddiel play

Reporter: Charlotte Marshall, first published Wed 24 Feb 2016 14:51
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The Menier Chocolate Factory will stage the world premiere of writer and comedian David Baddiel’s “massively disrespectful” celebration of his late parents, My Family: Not The Sitcom, this summer.

The one-man show, described as tackling “memory, aging, infidelity, what we can and can't say in an over-policed moral culture, and gay cats”, will play at the venue from 10 May to 25 June.

Written as an honest response to losing his parents, My Family: Not The Sitcom explores how we tend to only speak well of the dead. But, in Baddiel’s view, if that is all you can say about them, you may as well say nothing, arguing instead that to truly remember our loved ones, you have to call up their weirdnesses, their madnesses, their flaws.

While the performer may be best known for his on screen comedy work including his involvement in The Mary Whitehouse Experience and Baddiel And Skinner Unplanned, he has sporadically dipped his comedic toe into theatrical waters, most recently adapting his hit film The Infidel for the stage at the Theatre Royal Stratford and staging his analysis of celebrity, FAME: Not The Musical, at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

Baddiel’s My Family: Not The Sitcom will see the star return to the London Bridge theatre following Florian Zeller’s The Truth, which makes its UK premiere from 10 March to 7 May.