About the showSir Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production transfers to the Harold Pinter theatre this March after a sell out run at The Theatre Royal Bath. The classic Noel Coward comedy tells the story of a clash between the land of Hollywood show biz and the snobby world of the English aristocracy.
This comedy of manners is set in the 1950’s at Marshwood House which is in uproar when the young Earl announces he is to wed a Hollywood movie star. To make things worse the family are shocked to discover that his prospective bride is in fact the younger sister of his mother’s housekeeper. In attempt to rectify the awkward situation housekeeper Moxie must be dressed up in her Lady Ship’s hand me downs and passed off as one of the family with hilarious consequences.
The cast features a whole host of comedy stars, lead by Jonathan Creek star Caroline Quentin as House keeper Moxie and Olivier Award winning actress and star of Miranda Patricia Hodge who plays the part of Felicity. Leigh Zimmerman who was last seen staring in A Chorus Line at the London Palladium in an Oliver Award winning turn will join the cast as Hollywood star Miranda Frayle. Much loved comedy actor Neil Morrissey took over the role of the butler from Rory Bremner on May the 24th. Morrissey starred with Quentin in hit TV series Men Behaving Badly and this production marks the first time the pair have worked together in 16 years.
Sir Trevor Nunn former artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and The National Theatre directs this incredibly enjoyable farce, which features a beautifully designed set by Stephen Brimson-Lewis. Noel Coward plays have enjoyed great success in London’s West End of late and this seems set to continue.
Who Should See It?Fans of Noel Coward comedies and those that enjoy Downton Abbey and a good old upstairs downstairs romp.
Please note the play is not aimed at children.
Harold Pinter Theatre
19th Mar 2014
21st Oct 2021
21st Jun 2014
2 hours 50 minutes including an interval
Recommended for 8+