Kent based international touring troupe, European Arts Company, makes a welcome return to Bridport with a collection of classic Victorian one-act comedies. The company, who recently brought us a thrilling Harold Pinter double-bill, returns with a delicious evening of farces from the Victorian stage.
The show stars celebrated farceur Richard Latham who in a long comic career has worked with Sir Brian Rix in his Whitehall Farces, as well as appearing with the great Alastair Sim, Dandy Nichols and Ron Moody in The Clandestine Marriage (directed by Sir Ian McKellen).
There’s more than a hint of Monty Python and The Goons in these four plays entitled ‘Box and Cox’, ‘Wanted, A Young Lady’, ‘An Unwarrantable Intrusion’ and ‘Duel in the Dark’. Involving duelling pistols, cross dressing, thwarted lovers, double-crossing, romance and intoxication, these colourful comic capers promise a sublime evening of mayhem and merriment.
‘The cast have almost as much fun as the audience…European Arts Company provides sheer entertainment but also an excellent opportunity for seeing high-quality live theatre’. – International Herald Tribune
Opening at The Hazlitt Arts Centre in Maidstone on Saturday 6 April, the production is touring to 45 venues in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and even Germany!
The aim of the company is to present ‘quirky classics’ in an imaginative and entertaining way, with a particular emphasis on comedy. Says Director Jonathan Kemp (himself currently touring in the stage version of ‘Yes, Prime Minister’): “These four unjustly neglected plays will give the audience a great insight into what made the Victorians laugh, as well as providing them with plenty of 21st century laughter and entertainment!’
‘European Arts Company really takes the audience by storm…a surreal performance, witty and hilarious, full of energy talent and creativity.’ – Culture Guide
Why go and see one ordinary play when you can see four hilarious ones in under two hours?