Star-studded show is coming to town

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The cocktails and alcopops are flowing freely, lads are on the pull and girls are on the razzle - and the bouncers have seen it all before.

International hit comedy Bouncers, set in and around a northern nightclub and focusing on the exploits of the four doormen and their customers, is coming to Chesterfield’s Pomegranate Theatre from November 6 to November 10.

It will star EastEnders’ Ace Bhatti and Don Gilet, William Ilkley, of Hollyoaks and Holby City and Coronation Street’s Ian Reddington.

The production explores the darker side of city night-life against the tatty, glitzy glamour, flashing lights and pulsating beat of the dance floor.

For the actors it is a demanding job as they are never off stage and have to switch characters in an instant.

William Ilkley said: “It was relevant when it came out but it’s just as relevant to today’s audience with the binge drinking culture that we now have.

“The job of being a bouncer has changed so much over the years. It is now regulated much more, they have to undergo training and realise the boundaries they can’t cross.”

Directed by the author John Godber, the play has been updated for today’s audience.

William added: “John has really gone back to relook at the play and make it far more relevant to 2012. There’s new writing in it and the music is all of today to provide a link to the younger generation.

“The greatest strength of the play is one moment you’ll be falling about off your seats laughing and next moment it’s thought provoking.”

Ian Reddington said: “I saw it 20-odd years ago and this is a great version of it. It retains the comedy but now there is this dark element to it which is amazing.”