"I have always been an avid fan of Derek Benfield," Petersen said. "I've directed three of his farces before, all of which had uproarious success.
"His material is so well-knitted the actors always have a ball.
"With Panic Stations, imagine the problems created when someone tries to hide the truth and then tells misconstrued truths to get himself out of trouble – but each time only digs himself deeper and deeper into a hole.
"That's exactly what Chester Dreadnought does when he tries to hide from his wife that their new house is going to be wiped off the surface of the planet."
"Farce in itself is very demanding with timing, characterisation and sometimes sound and special effects," Petersen said. "It must be played straight and never try to be funny.
"The script itself stands alone and therefore the actors must discipline themselves in their portrayals."
Panic Stations plays at 8pm January 29, 30, 31, February 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 with 2pm matinees February 1, 8 and 14.