Shaun Of The Dead’s Julia Deakin is planning a frightfully great opening night in Boeing Boeing at Sheffield’s Crucible on May 15 - it’s her birthday!
Landing a dream role in the classic air hostess farce, about a romeo with three fiancees on the go, could be seen as a birthday present of its own.
Though she’s quick to joke that ‘all cake is accepted’ at the stage door.
But the film, stage and TV star, of shows ranging from I’m Alan Partridge to Doctor Who, isn’t short of gifts.
In an exclusive chat with The Star’s Digital Editor Graham Walker she revealed she’s been sent a script for another film by one of her pals behind the so-called ‘ice cream trilogy’ of cult movie classics she’s appeared in, Shaun Of The Dead, World’s End and Hot Fuzz.
She’s not saying who, or what the film is about.
But she is giving serious thought to the part as she described Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and the team as “adorable”.
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“There’s certainly a possible film with one of them. I’ve had the script. I don’t know if it will ever happen. You’re never sure until you are in the lunch queue,” she laughed.
“I’m in those movies as an homage to Spaced and Big Train - the stuff I did with Simon before the films.
“They are so very loyal to me - that team. I adore them. They are adorable. I’m really thrilled to say so. They were such fun to work with, including Edgar Wright the director, Simon and the whole team. They are genuinely nice people.
“I’ve worked on stage, in television and film for 40-years nearly, but I would say working with them has been one of my favourite periods.”
Now she is rehearsing at the Lyceum, as the snooker continues to take over the Crucible, for her part in Boeing Boeing.
She said: “You should come and see it because life is too grim without it. It’s just a bit of nonsense.
“It’s about sun and fun and sex and air hostesses...and me, being grim. Needless to say I’m not one of the air hostesses but let’s say I could have been in a former life!”
The farce is played out in the apartment of a Lothario, who has managed to amass three air hostess fiancées, each working for a different airline, to a different schedule.
But then their schedules align.
Also starring Christian McKay, Joseph Kloska and Kelly Price, it’s directed by Jonathan Humphreys, a resident director at Sheffield Theatres 2010-11, who also recently directed Happy Days and The Village Bike.
* Tickets for Boeing Boeing at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, May 15 to June 7, are from £10 to £23, may be subject to a booking fee. Buy in person, call the Box Office on 0114 249 6000 or buy online at http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/boeing-boeing-14/
There’s a Talkback event, featuring cast members and crew talking about the production, free for theatregoers after the show on Thursday, May 29.