Jerome K Jerome's classic Victorian story of a boat journey has amused and enchanted readers for over a century. Now, the Original Theatre Company is bringing its version to the Devonshire Park stage. This is the same company that performed See How They Run in Eastbourne last year. The cast have three weeks of rehearsals in Eastbourne before the tour begins and have been posting photos and updates on their Facebook page. There are also a couple of wonderfully detailed photos of models for the sets.
Three Men In A Boat has been adapted by director Craig Gilbert and will be dotted with songs ranging from folk to music hall to Gilbert & Sullivan. Craig has said that his choice of songs was influenced by Jerome's mentions of Music Hall throughout the original book. There will be a live piano accompaniment, played by Sue Appleby, and the musical element adds a "lightness and playfulness which is perfectly in tune with the characters and the story".
Three young friends - J (Alastair Whatley), Harris (Tom Hackney) and George (Christopher Brandon) - decide to take a gentle boat trip from Kingston to Oxford in order to escape from the stress of their city lives. However, very little goes to plan and they end up in all kinds of mischief from disagreements with swans to culinary disasters.
There are only three actors and, between them, they will play all the parts so I think it will be quite a challenge for them to remember not only the whens and wheres of the script, but also who they should be as they speak!
Devonshire Park Theatre, Tue 28th Aug - Sat 8th Sep, 19:45.
£13, £16, £18.
Wed & Sat matinees, 14:30.
£13.50 all seats.
No performances Sun or Mon.