Previous winners of the Eastbourne Drama Festival with Blue Remembered Hills, the Dicker Players have been wowing audiences for a long time with their fabulous Dicker Cabaret and drama productions. This Spring, as part of the Eastbourne Festival, they have turned their many hands to comedy and are putting on the award winning farce, Lend Me A Tenor at the Under Ground Theatre.
Lend Me A Tenor is by Ken Ludwig, the same playwright as the brilliantly plotted Moon Over Buffalo that I saw around this time last year, so I've got high hopes for the forthcoming Eastbourne show. There are six doors in the set of this Tony-winning farce about the incredible things that go wrong with the local gala fundraiser, and one or more of them is bound to be opening, closing or, mostly, slamming pretty much all the time. The renowned tenor “Il Stupendo” is scheduled to sing the lead in the opera Otello. When he is unexpectedly incapacitated, Max, the opera director’s meek assistant has to find a last minute replacement. Chaos ensues, including a scheming soprano, a tenor-struck ingénue, a jealous wife and the police department!
The production has its own Facebook page which includes a great quote by director, Marilyn Chandler. “It’s all about the doors,” she says. “When a door opens, you know someone’s coming through it, and it’s always the very worst person it could be.” Worst for the characters, that is – best for the audience.
Under Ground Theatre, Wed 23rd to Sat 26th Apr, 19.30.
Sat matinee, 15.00.
Tickets £12, concessions £9, available online or in person from the Under Ground Theatre.