SUMMER 2014 SHOWS
by Gerard Sibleyras
Translated by Tom Stoppard
8:10 P.M. May 29 (Preview Performance), 30, 31, June 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
2:10 P.M. June 4, 8
It is August 1959 and three French veterans of World War I (Gustave, Henri and Philippe) find themselves confined to a group home for retired soldiers. The exploits of their youth seem long past as they spend their days sitting on a terrace, discussing the weather, planning (or resisting) birthday parties, and reminiscing about former glories. However, when Philippe begins to suspect that the retirement home’s management is plotting against his life, he and Gustave launch a daring bid for freedom, dragging the reluctant Henri along in their wake. The result is a charming celebration of friendship, sacrifice, and the courage it takes to grow old. We are pleased to present the regional premiere of this magnificent French play, translated into dazzling English by one of Great Britain’s finest living playwrights. At its London debut it won the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy of 2006. Spend some time in the company of these heroes, and you won’t soon forget them!
"Hilarious and moving...achingly funny..." - The Daily Telegraph
“Heroes” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
by Marc Camoletti
Translated by Beverley Cross & Francis Evans
8:10PM June 19 (Preview Performance), 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28 July 1, 2, 3, 5
2:10PM June 25, 29
This dizzying farce is a laugh riot - full of mistaken identities, misunderstandings, and door-slamming action. The year is 1961 and air-travel is the most glamorous, sophisticated method of transportation. Parisian lothario Bernard takes full advantage of this technological innovation for his own selfish ends. You see, Bernard has three “fiancées” – all stewardesses for different airlines. Their busy travel schedules allow him to juggle all three women, and keep them in ignorance of the others’ existence. Then one day Robert, Bernard’s sweet, naïve friend from the country, arrives for a visit. He is dubious about Bernard’s methods – an attitude which only increases when bad weather and technical difficulties force all three women to remain in Paris and descend upon Bernard’s apartment simultaneously. Bernard and Robert then attempt to prevent the “fiancées” from figuring out the truth – resulting in an ever more thrilling series of near-misses and comic deceptions. Can Bernard and Robert triumph? And can they – just possibly – find true love in the process? Don’t miss this fast and funny farce.
“A broad and frantic farce.” – N.Y. World Telegram & Sun
"This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy." - The New York Times
“Boeing Boeing” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.
JEEVES IN BLOOM
Adapted by Margaret Raether
From the stories by P.G. Wodehouse
8:10PM July 10 (Preview Performance), 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26
2:10PM July 16, 19
This is a funny, charming, heart-warming play based on the stories of P.G. Wodehouse, perhaps the greatest comic writer who ever lived. In Jazz Age London Bertie Wooster is a wealthy, charming (if somewhat empty-headed) man-about-town. Beneath his superficial exterior however, beats a kind and generous heart, always ready to lend a pal a helping hand. So when Bertie’s friend, the socially inept Gussie Fink-Nottle (his only hobby is newt breeding) asks for Bertie’s aid in wooing Madeline Bassett, the girl of Gussie’s dreams, Bertie is only too happy to leave London, join a country house party, and serve as cupid. His “brilliant” plans, however, quickly go astray and Bertie finds himself accidentally engaged to Madeline, participating in an elaborate burglary, and running from the maniacal attacks of a jealous French chef. Luckily he never travels without his valet, the brilliant and unflappable Jeeves, whose brain is capable of unravelling even the most complicated of knots. The result is a fun, frothy joy ride, topped off with a happy ending.
"This...soiree into Wodehouse land is every bit a splendid confectionary treat." – Chicago Stage Style
"...about as delightful a respite as one could hope for.” – Chicago Tribune
Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc. (www.playscripts.com)
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
Music by Lyrics by
RICHARD RODGERS OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Musical Arrangements by Orchestration by
FRED WELLS MICHAEL GIBSON and JONATHAN TUNIC
Originally produced by Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City, in 1993.
8:10PM July 31 (Preview Performance) 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
2:10PM Aug 10, 13, 17
In the tradition of last summer’s smash hit, I LOVE A PIANO comes another magical celebration of an American musical treasure: in this case the legendary songwriting duo, Rogers & Hammerstein. This pair’s immortal music has been crafted and shaped into an evening of love stories. New lovers, husbands and wives, parents and children, friends – all sorts of love are explored and celebrated in what has been called “an evening of music and romance.” Join us for this fresh, yet old-fashioned treat, featuring such beloved songs as Hello, Young Lovers, Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, A Wonderful Guy, Maria and Some Enchanted Evening. What better way to spend a late-summer night than being swept away by the music of Rogers & Hammerstein? Don’t miss this celebration of love, laughter and song.
"A splendiferous show of songs, a terrific compendium. Everything's up to date with Rodgers and Hammerstein… [It] is indeed a grand night!" – New York Post
A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.