Saturday, 9 March 2013

Charley's Aunt (theatre)

Creative Cow are back! Following on from the success of The Rivals last year, which got great reviews from both The Stage and WhatsOnStage, the Devon-based company are soon returning to Eastbourne with their production of Charley's Aunt.

It is 1892 and dashing Oxford undergraduates, Jack and Charley are preparing to propose to Amy and Kitty, but a chaperone is needed or the girls will refuse their lunch invitation. As luck would have it, Charley’s Aunt is arriving from Brazil (where the nuts come from) and will happily serve the purpose. However, a telegram declares that her trip is delayed so their plans are in disarray until they hit upon the idea that Lord Fancourt Babberley, their good friend, should put on a frock and assume her identity.

The farce was written by Brandon Thomas and seems to have been performed almost continuously, somewhere in the world, since its very first performance at London's Royalty Theatre in 1892. There have been several film versions and the original play has been translated into at least a dozen languages for various productions. I'm not usually a fan of farce but, having been so delighted by the National's The Magistrate in January and as this is such a classic, I'll give it a go!
 
Devonshire Park Theatre, Wed 9th to Sat 13th Apr, 19:45.
Wed and Sat matinees, 14:30.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000 or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.

1 comment:

  1. A gentle farce, humorous throughout but with nothing too outrageous to frighten your kids or your granny!
    I liked the Creative Cow staging which saw the DP stage bordered by ten flickering white lamp posts and this white colouring was continued both through garden furniture and the ladies' costumes to produce a very elegant effect. The change of scene from teatime to dinnertime was cleverly done and certainly appreciated by the audience. Did I spot a nod to Danny Boyle's Olympic opening ceremony in the removal of the grass?!
    Good performances throughout, especially from the actors playing multiple roles. Brassett/Francis Chesney/Stephen Spettigue was wonderful. Perhaps Lord Fancourt Babberley could have been 'posher' when being himself? He seemed just a bit to 21st century to me, and Dave had some difficulty telling Kitty and Amy from Donna Lucia and Ela until they spoke.
    Overall, Charley's Aunt is a delightful evening's entertainment. Well done all :-)

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