Holby City's David Ames confirms new play role after show axe

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Holby City is coming to an end next March, but star David Ames isn't waiting until then to find his next project.

The actor – who has played Dominic Copeland since 2013 – will be appearing in Steve, a comedy from writer Mark Gerrard which was previously performed in the US, where it was directed by Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon.

For the European debut, Ames will be starring alongside theatre star, former EastEnders actress and Red Dwarf theme tune singer (!) Jenna Russell, with Andrew Keates directing. It will premiere on February 8, 2022 for the opening of the West End's Seven Dials Playhouse.

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The LGBTQ+ comedy will focus on Steven, a middle-aged gay man with a husband and a son who struggles with feeling he like isn't valued by a society that places an emphasis on youth. He will go on a discovery about the pros and cons of getting older, monogamy, friendship, saying goodbye and feeling alive. Russell will play the role of Cassie.

"I think we all strive for a legacy in the performing arts and it’s an honour to know part of mine will be being the first director to launch the Seven Dials Playhouse with this stunning new LGBTQ+ play," Keates tweeted.

"Further casting and the creative team is yet to be announced as the audition process is still in process, but one role is guaranteed to go to a new graduate or emerging talent."

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Ames tweeted that he was "ridiculously excited" to get to work, while Russell called it "a genuinely gorgeous play".

Tickets for Steve are available now.

It was recently stated by BBC's drama boss Piers Wenger that Holby was axed because the company wanted to focus on shows set across the UK, rather than just the South of England.

Holby City airs on Tuesdays on BBC One.

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