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11 February, 2020 - 29 February, 2020
16 February, 2020
01 January, 2020 - 06 April, 2020
01 June, 2016 - 25 June, 2016
This irresistible, unruly comedy serves up a glimpse in to the onstage and offstage antics of a touring company as they hurtle towards a diabolical first night and a disastrous final performance.
An NST, Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Northern Stage production
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Blanche McIntyre
Access perfromance: Saturday 25 June at 2.30pm
Post-show Q&A: Wednesday 8 June
"The punch-ups and pratfalls are peerlessly executed"
"Properly hilarious... one delicious disaster"
"Beautifully done and incredibly funny"
“That’s what it’s all about. Doors and sardines. Getting on – getting off. Getting the sardines on – getting the sardines off. That’s theatre.”
A shambolic dress rehearsal stumbles towards a frantic opening night in Weston-Super-Mare, then it’s downhill all the way to the Municipal Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees. Can Selsdon stay sober long enough to make curtain-up, will Brooke ever find her contact lenses, and as egos, jealousy and romance intertwine, will the sardines be the final undoing for poor Dotty?
This celebrated multi award-winning play received the Olivier and Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy when it was first presented in 1982. Directed by Nuffield Associate Blanche McIntyre (Tonight at 8.30, Nuffield, As You Like it and The Comedy of Errors, The Globe) this legendary farce is delicious, riotous comedy bliss, not to be missed.
Photo credit: Robert Day