You’ll be bowled over by comedy

Colin Baker and Peter Amory in The Final Test.
Colin Baker and Peter Amory in The Final Test.

The world premiere tour of a new comedy with a cricketing theme reaches Derby Theatre from July 2-7.

The Final Test is a comic play by acclaimed novelist Chris Paling and marks his debut offering for the stage.

It stars Colin Baker, principally known for two very contrasting roles - as the scheming and universally-loathed Paul Merroney in The Brothers and as the sixth incarnation of the universally-loved Doctor in Doctor Who.

Also in the cast are Peter Amory, who played Emmerdale bad boy Chris Tate, Grange Hill’s Karen Ford, who played the art teacher, Miss Booth for seven years and Nicola Weeks.

Peter and Ruth have had a long and happy marriage. Or so Peter believes.

They both have their own interests – he loves listening to the cricket on the radio, she likes to travel.

But all is not well as Peter discovers one afternoon when he’s dozing on his deckchair and listening to the last test from The Oval.

His wife announces that she has sold the house and she’s moving to Bexhill-on-Sea with her lover.

When the new owners move in they discover they have an elderly cricket-loving squatter living in the garden.

The Final Test is the first stage play by Chris Paling. It’s a touching and poignant comedy about marriage, cricket, and the dangerous lure of Bexhill-on-Sea.

Tickets cost £8-£24, concessions £8 - £21. For more information and to book tickets call the Derby Theatre Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 or book online at