- 25th July, ORANGE TREE THEATRE, Richmond, England.
From three key members of Dog Ate Cake, namely, Henry Bell, David Oakes and Daniel Cheyne, the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond upon Thames presents for your entertainment THREE whole farces in one evening!
The re-discovery of the wonderful world of Maddison Morton (1811-1891), precursor of The Goons and Monty Python, is, as Kenneth Tynan wrote in 1967, 'long overdue'. Gordon Craig thought him 'the funniest playwright that England ever had'. And Tynan thought him 'better than Feydeau'.Thwarted lovers, disgruntled uncles and a jam loving suitor are among the characters caught up in this array of farcical encounters. From Slasher and Crasher's efforts to prove themselves as brave and worthy men, to the bewildered Grimshaw and his besieged lodgings, these colourful comic capers add mayhem and merriment to our season.
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MR. ANDREW MUDDLEBANK (First
Old Man.) - Dan Cheyne
The fifth serving from Dog Ate Cake is entitled ‘Our New Man’ and was written a long time ago by a chap called Mr W E Suter. It features a hapless servant, an aggressive husband, a wife with nymphomaniac tendencies toward male relations and man servants and a particularly inappropriate cousin.
So if you’ve ever had a dangerous liaison with an attractive younger person whilst your partner has simultaneously done the same and at the same venue of all places only then to be spotted by the waiter at the cafe of choice who then is accidently employed to be your servant who is convinced that you are his father due to the fact you nearly fit a length of ribbon that may or may not be the same height as his real father ... then ‘Our New Man’ is the show for you.
The fourth offering from Dog Ate Cake was the superstar of the Victoria One Act farce movement: Box and Cox by John Maddison Morton! Before Beckett got round to Vladimir and Estragon there was ‘Box and Cox’ before Stoppard got his hands on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern there was ‘Box and Cox’ and before there was any duologue based, intelligent comedy featuring men in suits centred around an apartment that a wily landlady has let out to 2 people at the same time without them realising it ... there was ‘Box and Cox’. So if you’ve ever gone to bed only to be woken up by a flat mate you never thought you’ve had after faking your own death to avoid a marriage to a frumpy seller of bathing equipment... Box and Cox.
Oakes - Gregory Greenfinch,
directed by Henry Bell.
April’s offering was written by the co-creator of Punch, Joseph Stirling Coyne and hasn’t seen the light of day since it’s first performance in 1852 [we think].
If you’ve ever had a wandering eye, a French flirtation, or tried to shoot your current sexual partner in the pitch black whilst she’s dressed up as a man and pretending to be you.... then this one's for you.
The second offering was "How Stout You're Getting" by Maddison Morton and was an Easter Extravaganza - The Evening featured [alongside farce] chocolate eggs and the introduction of the increasingly infamous DOG ATE CAKE Frulli drinking game. It was performed by:
Hollis - Mr Plummy,
It was again directed by the inimitable Henry Bell.
The first farce, "A Phenomenon in a Smock Frock" was by the illustrious William Brough and was almost entirely farcical. It was performed by:
Starr - Mr Sowerberry,
It was directed by Henry Bell.