Ian McKellen Stars in The Syndicate at MK Theatre

Ian McKellen and Michael Pennington star in Chichester Smash Hit, The Syndicate, at Milton Keynes Theatre
Acclaimed actors, Ian McKellen and Michael Pennington, lead a notable cast in Mike Poulton's new version of Eduardo De Filippo's The Syndicate at Milton Keynes Theatre from 12th - 17th September. It's a dark comedy about the Italian underworld, direct from the sell-out, five star rated world premiere at Chichester Festival Theatre.

Don Antonio rules the Naples underbelly with a rod of iron, providing a form of rough justice for the criminals of Naples who have no other access to the law. When a respectable but poor young man decides to murder his father, he visits Don Antonio for advice. The Neapolitan 'Godfather' emerges from the shadows to make the young man's father an offer he can't refuse.

Ian McKellen plays Don Antonio Barracano. McKellen's distinguished career includes theatre credits for Macbeth, Waiting for Godot and King Lear. His film credits include The Hobbit, which is currently in production, The Lord of the Rings, Gods and Monsters, Richard III and X Men.

Michael Pennington plays Dr Fabio. His theatre credits include The Master Builder (Chichester Festival 2010) and Love is My Sin (Theatre des Bouffes du Nord Paris and Duke Theatre New York) and Collaboration and Taking Sides (Chichester Festivals 08 and 09, and West End), as well as extensive work with the RSC and his English Shakespeare Company.

Oliver Cotton plays Arturo Santaniello. His theatre credits include The Grapes of Wrath (Chichester's Festival 09 and tour), As You Like It and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (both for the National Theatre), The Philadelphia Story (The Old Vic), and West End productions of Benefactors, Children of a Lesser God and The Homecoming.

Cherie Lunghi plays Donna Armida Barracano. Her screen credits include the title role in the television series The Manageress, Casualty and the film Excalibur. She competed in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing and is also well-known from her role in a long-running television advertising campaign for Kenco Coffee.

Jane Bertish plays Immacolata. Her theatre credits include The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby Parts I and II (Chichester's Festival 07, West End and Toronto), Tales from Vienna Woods (National Theatre) and Phaedra (The Old Vic and West End).

The cast also includes Margaret Clunie, Philip Correia, Mark Edel-Hunt, Gavin Fowler, David Foxxe, Annie Hemingway, Brendan O'Hea, David Shaw-Parker, Janet Spencer-Turner, Michael Stevenson and Michael Thomson.

Eduardo De Filippo's plays include Napoli Milonaria, Filumena and Saturday, Sunday, Monday.

To book your tickets for this sell-out show today at Milton Keynes Theatre, call the box office on 0844 8717652 or visit .

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