Drawing: Lesley Joseph in Young Frankenstein

English actress Lesley Joseph sobbed… but in a good way, when she found out she had won the role of housekeeper and superannuated lover of the original Doctor F Frau Boucher in Mel Brook’s new West End stage production of his 1974 film YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. “Oh my God I’m going to be working with Mel Brooks!”

Lesley became an international name as Dorian Green in the British TV sitcom BIRDS OF A FEATHER and recently as a contestant on STRICTLY COME DANCING with partner Anton Du Beke. In his four-star review for The Independent, Paul Taylor wrote, “Lesley Joseph brings a superb hatchet-faced obsessiveness to Frau Blucher and her idiotic goose-stepping devotion to the memory of the violent older Frankenstein.”

Lesley signed my Frau B sketch going into the Garrick Theatre for Saturday’s matinee.

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Drawing: Ross Noble in Young Frankenstein

Forty-year-old Northumberland-born funnyman Ross Noble has been performing since he was smuggled into his local comedy club at the age of 15. Since then he has become a regular on TV’s mainstream comedy shows. This month he made his West End musical debut as the hunchbacked servant Igor in Mel Brook’s YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN at the Garrick Theatre, which has its opening tomorrow night. The Geordie stand-up is playing the role made famous by comic legend Marty Feldman in the original 1974 film version. “I have an advantage, I come with my own hump”, he said in a recent interview.

He made his musical debut in another Mel Brook’s show, THE PRODUCERS on its 2015 UK tour, playing pigeon fancier Frank Liebkind. His initial conversations for YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN was over the phone when Mel who acted out every character. “I got my own private Mel Brooks performance”, Ross said. He signed this sketch for me at the stage door over after last Saturday’s matinee.