The news is out! Darren Day will return to the West End musical stage to play plague rat - from "love rat" to plague rat? - Melbourne Bumblescratch in our special charity gala presentation of BUMBLESCRATCH on Sunday 4 September 2016 at 6.30pm at the Adelphi Theatre.

Performing alongside him are two West End stars very much of the moment: Michael Xavier, just seen opposite Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard at the London Coliseum, with Jessica Martin, most recently seen in Elf at the Dominion Theatre, double-roling as Bumblescratch's girlfriend Bethesda and Widow MacGregor.

Read more about all three stars, and watch a video I made with Darren Day on his very first day in rehearsals at the piano, on the Bumblescratch website. It was really thrilling to hear Darren - who, by the way, is a "proper Londoner", so no worries at all with accents! - sing my songs.

I can't wait to see Darren, Michael and Jessica perform on opening night with the full cast, the rest of whom we'll be announcing very soon.