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The hands-down winner of Surprise Casting of the Year Award goes to The Pajama Game. This glorious musical - the home of "Hernando's Hideaway" and numerous other hits - originally starred Janis Paige, but she lost out to Doris Day in the movie version. Now along comes Simon Callow - as director. And who is his star? Ulrika Jonsson. And who is the fearsomely jealous pajama-factory worker? John Hegley. Yes that John Hegley. Still, he's in safe hands. He's playing opposite feisty Anita Dobson (right). I think she's what's called Musicals Insurance.

Birmingham Rep (0121-236 4455) from Fri

David Benedict