MPs’ expenses scandal play to open in London

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A PLAY based on the MPs’ expenses scandal is set to open in the West End.

Called The Duck House, it is named after shamed former conservative MP for Gosport, Sir Peter Viggers.

Mr Viggers tried to claim a total of £1,645 for the floating ornamental duck house in 2009.

The claim was rejected and the duck house was later sold for charity.

The play will star Ben Miller, Olivier Award-winning actress Nancy Carroll and X-Factor star Diana Vickers.

The story will begin in May 2009, with Labour’s Gordon Brown as prime minister and a general election one year away.

The Duck House, directed by Terry Johnson, opens at the Vaudeville Theatre on Tuesday, December 10.

It will follow a five-week tour across the UK, which begins in Guildford.