Christopher Atkins to star on stage in 'Ladies Night' at The Art House, Wyong, on May 28

VETERAN: Christopher Atkins, 'that guy from The Blue Lagoon', is about to get his kit off again. This time, on stage, for 'Ladies Night'. He said blokes would love the fun show, too. Picture: Supplied
VETERAN: Christopher Atkins, 'that guy from The Blue Lagoon', is about to get his kit off again. This time, on stage, for 'Ladies Night'. He said blokes would love the fun show, too. Picture: Supplied

He's worked on almost 100 movie and television projects over 40 years, but actor Christopher Atkins is still thought of as "that guy from TheBlue Lagoon".

You remember TheBlue Lagoon.

That 1980 movie about two children (played by Brooke Shields and Atkins) who survive a shipwreck and live to discover love and sex on a beautiful tropical island.

So, does it frustrate Atkins to still be linked to that movie?

"It's a great question," the American said down the phone line from his home in New York.

"The answer is yes, for the obvious fact. But no, I don't mind it at all, because there are so many actors that are all looking for that one hit, that one stardom movie, and I was lucky enough to get it with that movie.

"As an actor, that's a dream come true."

Atkins now also works as a screenwriter, producer and director.

But it is the hit play, Ladies Night, that is about to bring Atkins back to Australia.

Ladies Night - coming to The Art House on May 28

It's the story of four unemployed guys, motivated by The Chippendales, who decide to form a male stripping act, in order to make some fast cash.

Written in 1987 by New Zealanders Anthony McCarten and Stephen Sinclair, Ladies Night has been translated into 12 languages and become a powerhouse Kiwi export.

Ladies Night will have its Australian premiere at The Art House, in Wyong, on Tuesday, May 28.

Atkins admits he's both petrified and exhilarated by the prospect of working to a live audience.

"I like it when they tell me 'take 2'," Atkins said of his work in film and TV.

"Controlling my nerves will be a big challenge, but once you're out there on stage, it's electric."

Atkins explained what attracted him to Ladies Night.

"I get to show my butt again," he said, referencing The Blue Lagoon.

"But I think this time I might have to have some fishing line hidden to hold it up.

"Plus it's another fun thing I can embarrass my kids about."

Ladies Night will also be performed at Ettalong Diggers Club on June 9.

Tickets to the performance at The Art House cost $59.90 for adults. Book at thearthousewyong.com.au.

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