Channel 4 Sitcom returns, cast reunites for stage show

Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin penned script for 'Drop the Dead Donkey'

By Ellen James May 31, 2023
Channel 4 sitcom from the 1990s.
Channel 4 sitcom from the 1990s.

Channel 4 sitcom Drop the Dead Donkey from the 1990s will soon have a reason to celebrate, as the show is set to make a triumphant return as a stage revival. 

The sitcom, which originally aired for six seasons from 1990 to 1998, captivated audiences with its hilarious and satirical take on the fictional TV newsroom of GlobeLink News.

Led by the sharp-witted editor George Dent, the ensemble cast includes memorable personalities such as Gus Hedges, Damian Day, and Sally Smedley, who added their own unique flavor to the satirical workplace comedy.

The original creators, Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, have penned the script for The Reawakening.

What's even more thrilling is the return of the beloved original cast members, including Stephen Tompkinson, Neil Pearson, Susannah Doyle, Robert Duncan, Ingrid Lacey, Jeff Rawle, and Victoria Wicks, who are reuniting to bring these iconic characters back to life.

Kicking off at Richmond Theatre, the show will take theatergoers on a journey filled with laughter and nostalgia as it concludes its run at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre.

According to creators, the play will explore how the characters navigate the daily chaos of social media, fake news, and the ever-changing landscape of politics, including the challenges of interim prime ministers.

Stephen Tompkinson, who portrayed the gung-ho reporter Damian in the original series, expressed his excitement about reuniting with the cast after three decades.

He shared, "What excites me the most is being back with the cast – we've known each other for 30-odd years, and this is a whole new adventure."

The stage production is set to embark on a UK tour, captivating audiences from January to June.