“Comic in a frock” getting biopic treatment…

Theatre director and former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company Adrian Noble has been tapped to take the director’s chair for an untitled biopic based on the life of Irish-born female impersonator and theatre star Danny La Rue.

Noble will direct the film from an original screenplay by Martyn Hesford. The film is currently in development with the BFI Film Fund and is expected to go into production in 2015.

“What drew me to the project was Martyn’s brilliant and funny screenplay which tells two unexpected love stories in an unexpected way,” said Noble.

“Over the course of his life Danny stood at the fulcrum of a changing British society and his story is filled with potent images where a man could dress as a woman and rub shoulders with royalty and gangsters alike.”