Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Boeing Boeing (theatre)

Two weeks of light relief start at the Devonshire Park Theatre in July after the tense and macabre Murder season that was June. Marc Camoletti's 1960s French farce Boeing Boeing is being presented by talking Scarlet. It will star Kim Tiddy, Zoie Kennedy and Ciara Janson.

Translated into English by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans, Boeing Boeing was first performed in 1960 and was an immediate success. The first London production ran for seven years with more than 2000 performances. The plot is classic farce lampooning national stereotypes and at one time was apparently the most performed French play in the world (according to the Guinness Book of Records 1991!)

Bernard a successful architect living in Paris, thinks he can easily cope as he juggles three flight attendent fiancees successfully convincing each that she is the only one. He carefully scrutinises the airline timetables to ensure that the American, French and German stewardesses never meet. However when old school friend Robert arrives unexpectedly, a new faster Boeing jet is introduced and weather delays occur, Bernard, Robert and Bertha, the reliable, long-suffering housemaid, are forced to desperately try to keep the women separate. As the lies become more and more difficult to reconcile, the trio improvise at breathtaking speed in a near faultless piece of theatrical invention with the inevitable hilarious consequences.

Devonshire Park Theatre, Tue 2nd to Sat 13th July, 19:45.
Wed and Sat matinees, 14:30.
No performances Sun or Mon.
Tickets various prices, available online, by calling 01323 412000, or in person at the Box Office and the Tourist Information Office.

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