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Charley's Aunt

by Brandon Thomas

April 2nd-6th 2019

The Forum Studio Theatre


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Synopsis:

Jack Chesney and Charley Wykeham are two Oxford Undergraduates; hapless at life and hopeless in love! Jack loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Amy Spettigue; but the course of true love never did run smooth. In an attempt to impress, the boys invite the ladies to meet Charley's exotic and wealthy aunt Donna Lucia, who comes from Brazil, "where the nuts come from". But when Donna Lucia cancels her visit at the last minute, the boys turn in desperation to their flamboyant yet feckless friend Lord Fancourt Babberley; who with the aid of a rather fetching frock and wig, makes for a very convincing dowager aunt. All proceeds well, especially for Babbs who enjoys the affection and confidences of the young ladies, until the real Donna Lucia appears. A fundamentally farcical concoction of deception, mistaken identity and indecent proposals ensures that chaos and hilarity ensues for all concerned. Brandon Thomas’ classic farce is one of the great plays of the English Stage. Fresh from a West End revival, this is a wonderful slice of life in a bygone age, as fast and funny today as it was on its debut 125 years ago.

 

Cast:
Directed by Gemma Richards

Auditions:
Audition Date: 28th January 7pm. Director: Gemma Richards. Charley’s Aunt: Jack Chesney and Charley Wykeham are two Oxford Undergraduates; hapless at life and hopeless in love! Jack loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Amy Spettigue; but the course of true love never did run smooth. In an attempt to impress, the boys invite the ladies to meet Charley's exotic and wealthy aunt Donna Lucia, who comes from Brazil, "where the nuts come from". But when Donna Lucia cancels her visit at the last minute, the boys turn in desperation to their flamboyant yet feckless friend Lord Fancourt Babberley; who with the aid of a rather fetching frock and wig, makes for a very convincing dowager aunt. All proceeds well, especially for Babbs who enjoys the affection and confidences of the young ladies, until the real Donna Lucia appears. A fundamentally farcical concoction of deception, mistaken identity and indecent proposals ensures that chaos and hilarity ensues for all concerned. Brandon Thomas’ classic farce is one of the great plays of the English Stage. Fresh from a West End revival, this is a wonderful slice of life in a bygone age, as fast and funny today as it was on its debut 125 years ago. CAST Stephen Spettigue – 50+ Uncle of Amy, guardian of Kitty, and the story's villain. Colonel Sir Francis Chesney – 50+ Father of Jack Chesney. Jack Chesney – 18-25 Oxford undergraduate, in love with Kitty. Charles Wykeham – 18-25 Oxford undergraduate, in love with Amy. Lord Fancourt Babberley – 25-30 Undergraduate pulled unwillingly into Jack and Charley's scheme. Brassett -30+ Jack Chesney's valet. Donna Lucia d'Alvadorez - 50+ Charley's aunt from Brazil. Amy Spettigue – 17+ Stephen Spettigue's young niece. Kitty Verdun – 17+ Stephen Spettigue's young ward. Ela Delahay - 17+ Orphaned young woman accompanying Donna Lucia (loved by Lord Fancourt). The ages of characters for this production are flexible; the above are for advisory purposes only. For further details please email Gemma Richards on gemmalrichards@gmail.com

Times & Tickets:
Evenings at 7.30pm
Saturday matinee ad 2.30pm
Tickets from £7

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Tel 01244 341296

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