Inside No. 9 confirms West End show starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith

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3 May 2024, 11:16

Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton on stage

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Inside No. 9 will no longer be coming to an end later this month, as Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith have revealed they will be bringing their creation to the West End next year.

The hugely popular television show’s stage iteration will be titled Inside No. 9 Stage/Fright, will star Pemberton and Shearsmith, and will be performed for 12 weeks at London’s Wyndham Theatre next January.

In a statement announcing the hugely exciting news, the pair said: “We’ve been asked about doing a live show ever since the series first started on the BBC, probably because each episode is like a mini-play. There are small casts and single locations, and we were definitely inspired by our work in theatre when writing the stories for TV.

“We are currently writing the script even as it goes on sale, but we are certain there will be plenty of new material and surprises for fans and new-comers alike,” they then teased. “There’ll be something old, something new, something butchered and something… BOO!”

Speaking with in 2022, Shearsmith hinted at his and Steve’s desire to adapt Inside No. 9 for the stage, saying: “Steve and I've been talking quite seriously about doing that because I think they are suited for theatre. I mean, they're all little one-act plays. So if we could do that, that'd be great. We're going to set time aside to do it.”

Evidently that time has now been set aside, and today the duo also revealed they’ve created a theatre company IN9 “with the intention that there could be more stage adaptations in the future."

“Inside No. 9 viewers go into each episode not knowing what to expect and we want this to be the same for the theatre show, with the ability for each audience to experience the performance for the first time and go on that theatrical journey with us,” they continued.

“On TV we have done everything from knockabout farce to psychological drama to full on horror.  We've chosen the subtitle Stage/Fright, which does suggest something theatrical and something unsettling. But to say any more would spoil the surprises and we would never do that. We want to deliver the perfect West End night at the theatre… we might even crack out a song if you’re lucky!” the duo teased.

Tickets for Inside No. 9 Stage/Fright will go on sale at 7pm on Wednesday, 8th May, ahead of the show’s ninth and final series beginning on BBC Two and BBC iPlayer.

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