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News: Stage Door Johnnies

The brain child of actors Laura Power and Catherine McCormack, one-off mockumentary Stage Door Johnnies is sure to cause a fuss when it hits TV screens tomorrow evening (Thursday May 23rd). For those of us out of the industry loop, ‘Johnnies’ are those obsessive theatre fans who unashamedly haunt stage doors in the relentless pursuit of the stars. This eccentric comedy follows five such devotees, a few of whom are played by Steve Evets, Felicity Montagu and The Inbetweeners’ Alex MacQueen in a reversal of their real life roles. Meanwhile, Suranne Jones and John Nettles star as themselves, playing a rather off-beat pairing of Romeo and Juliet upon the onscreen stage. First-hand observations by the industry’s own insiders inform this shrewd TV special, which more than lives up to the Playhouse Presents series’ commitment to showcasing original and innovative writing.

Stage Door Johnnies airs at 9pm, Thursday May 23rd, on Sky Arts 1.

- Ally Russell

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