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DateThursday 14th June 2018 to Wednesday 10th October 2018
DescriptionAn outrageously surreal, clever and chaotic comedy masterpiece In his slightly shabby Zurich apartment, a minor British diplomat, Henry Carr, looks back in old age to his youth, and the summer of 1917, when the city of clocks was awash with spies, artists and subversives, and the First World War raged all around... This was also the year in which, according to Henry, he appeared in a rather successful amateur production of The Importance Of Being Earnest directed by James Joyce. And he was able to choose his own trousers (such a pleasure!) and wear two complete changes of costume. And weren't Tristan Tzara, the founder of Dadaism, and Lenin, the godfather of the Russian revolution, involved too? They most certainly were. According to Henry... The problem is that Henry's memory, like an unregulated clock, is a touch unreliable. And his memories have a habit of changing, even as he recounts them. Did Joyce really have a secretary called Gwendolyn? Was the Zurich Public Library really overseen by - wait for it - Cecily? When did the mad, charming Tzara become Jack to Henry's Algernon? And who turned the dour Joyce into Lady Bracknell? In this mis-remembered world, Henry gives himself a starring role in the political, artistic and literary revolutions that were to shape the 20th Century, whilst madcap, Dadaist mischief erupts all around, inspired by the spirit of Oscar Wilde. Stoppard's award-winning comedy features high-wire feats of linguistic daring, allusion, word-play and pastiche. Make sure you catch this wild(ean), intensely entertaining melange of art, literature, philosophy - and trousers!
Time(s)Jun 14, 18, 21, 26, 29, Jul 2, 11, 14, 23, Aug 2, 10, 13, 29, Sep 4, 15, 21, 27, Oct 2, 10, 8pm, mats Jun 14, 27, Jul 7, 28, Aug 18, Sep 5, Oct 3, 2pm
LocationFestival Theatre
Telephone No.01796 484626
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Telephone No.Box Office: 01796 484 626
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