Friday, 20 April 2018

Peter Stringfellow has nothing on these rogues...

ACTOR David Cardy is looking very dapper dressed all in black. With his silver grey hair swept back, perched on

ACTOR David Cardy is looking very dapper dressed all in black. With his silver grey hair swept back, perched on a couch in the rehearsal room at the Mill at Sonning with three beautiful young actresses draped over him, he looks... well, a bit like Peter Stringfellow — and that’s by his own admission.

“My character’s a bit of a gangster,” he says, laughing. “In fact, he ends up sleeping with most of the girls.”

The character he’s talking about is Harry, a casino owner, in the Mill’s Christmas show, Ray Cooney farce Not Now Darling. But next week Cardy will be taking a break from the bijou theatre in Sonning and heading back to London’s South Bank to reprise a TV role he first played nearly 20 years ago, as Chris Theodopolopodous in ITV sitcom Birds Of A Feather.

“They are doing a new series and I’m playing Pauline Quirk’s husband,” he said. “I’ve done a lot with the writers of that series, most recently a stage version of Dream Boats And Petticoats, but then I got a call saying that they had been asked to do a new series and they had written me into an episode.”

Fans of the series will remember that the rogueish husband was in prison most of the time, but appeared for a dozen episodes between spells of porridge.

He said: “She and I have a love-hate relationship. I think she was very happy when I was put inside! I’m very excited. Pauline Quirk is great to work with, in fact all three of them are.”

This is not the first time Cardy has played at the Mill. Last Christmas he played Stanley in Caught In The Net with the same director, Ron Aldridge.

He said: “I told Ron, ‘I will come back if you get some pretty girls in it’, and he has.”

The story kicks off with the handsome Gilbert (Michael Howe) developing a cunning plan to buy a fur coat for his mistress, an ex-stripper (Heather Gibbs). Inevitably, the plot involves other men, other mistresses and other fur coats, leading to lots of fun and frolics.

* Not Now Darling also stars Michael Howe, Patrick Monckton and Elizabeth Elvin and runs at the Mill from November 28 to January 18. Box office 0118 969 6039 or visit www.millatsonning.com

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