A curious evening of merriment and madness
Fresh from a national tour, European Arts Company presents an evening of one-act Farces from the Victorian stage.
There’s more than a hint of Monty Python and The Goons in these four plays entitled Box and Cox
, Wanted, A Young Lady
, An Unwarrantable Intrusion
and Duel in the Dark
. Involving duelling pistols, cross dressing, thwarted lovers, double-crossing, romance and intoxication, these colourful comic capers promise a sublime evening of mayhem and merriment.
"This is a half archaeological curiosity, half timeless fun. I had expected only mild interest in four obscure Victorian one-act farces, forgotten ancestors of the TV sitcom... But the plays proved me wrong with perfectly judged renderings by the European Arts Company directed by Jonathan Kemp."
★★★★ The Times
"Four Farces offers a fine evening of short plays that had the hall lurching from titters to all out belly laughs, and the chance to see two of Morton’s minor masterpieces performed by such a skilled company is not one to be passed up lightly."
Box and Cox
From its first performance, this 1847 play was wildly successful. Billed as a "romance of real life", The New York Times of the day called it ‘the best farce of the nineteenth century’ and the phrase ‘Box and Cox’ entered the English language.
Wanted, A Young Lady
A drunken servant, rakish master and virtuous but plucky heroine meet with disguise, cross dressing, mistaken identity and improbable situations.
A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion
A stranger enters a garden, invading the territory and disturbing the peace of an older man. Unleashed is an absurd story with an ending reminiscent of the best Monty Python sketches.
Duel In The Dark
Written by Joseph Stirling Coyne, an Irish playwright, satirist and co-founder of Punch Magazine, men play women and women play men in this truly Victorian farce.
Dress in your Victorian best for this delectable evening of old fashioned fun
Corsets and bonnets, caps and moustaches, feathers and fans all welcome! Non dresser-uppers needn't fear, it's only a suggestion, but the best dressed audience member each night will win a bottle of wine at the Mahogany Bar.