Russell Brand plays Dick in Eric Idle stage comedy

Comedian headlines all-star cast including Billy Connolly and Eddie Izzard in show by Monty Python legend

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He’s famously performed on radio, television, film, in stand-up and has written books – but now Russell Brand is taking to the stage in Los Angeles. He’s starring in What about Dick?, a period comedy by Monty Python’s Eric Idle featuring Eddie Izzard as the inventor of the vibrator.

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The production, at the Orpheum Theatre, will run from 26 to 29 April this year and will be filmed.  It’s being performed as a rehearsed reading, a script-in-hand performance, rather than a full stage show because Eric Idle’s script is still being developed.  Idle says he had a similar rehearsed reading in 2007 with many of the same cast but he needed Brand for this one.

“It’s essentially the same idea as before, but the part of Dick got bigger – if I’m allowed to say that,” said Idle.

Dick is a student at Oxford following a combination course of philosophy and gynaecology and the comedy is a period piece – “It’s Merchant-Irony” says Idle – with songs by Spamalot composer John Du Prez.

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Joining Brand and Izzard are Tim Curry, Billy Connolly, Tracey Ullman and Jane Leeves.