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On Approval - Jermyn Street Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ANTHONY Biggs will direct the first major revival in nearly twenty years of Frederick Lonsdale’s comedy of manners, On Approval, which runs at Jermyn Street Theatre from April 11 (previews from April 9) to May 4, 2013.

A spoiled rich widow takes her prospective husband away to her remote Scottish estate to try him out for a month “on approval”. The pair are pursued by an impoverished aristocrat and his wealthy and beautiful young admirer.

When the staff jump-ship, leaving the party to fend for themselves, tempers become more than a little frayed. As the weather worsens they are left with a dwindling supply of brandy, a dwindling supply of cigars and only each other for company. Only then do they discover just how unpalatable they find one another.

On Approval will be Anthony Biggs’ first production since becoming Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre at the beginning of this year. His previous productions at the venue include the UK premiere of Ibsen’s St John’s Night, Charles Morgan’s The River Line and Ibsen’s Little Eyolf.

On Approval builds on these and Jermyn Street Theatre’s other recent successes, including Trevor Nunn’s acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall starring Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon, the musical Boy Meets Boy and a rare revival of Charles Dyer’s Mother Adam.

On Approval will be designed by Cherry Truluck and have lighting by David W Kidd. Casting will be announced shortly.

On Approval opened in London at The Fortune Theatre in 1927, following an acclaimed run on Broadway. It ran for over a year and was one of the hits of its day. Since then, it has twice been adapted for the big screen, once in 1930 and again in 1944.

Tickets: £20, £16 concessions. Earlybird Offer – Tickets just £15 if booked before March 18. Available from the box office on 0207 287 2875 or online at

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.

Ivor Novello’s musical comedy, Gay’s the Word continues at Jermyn Street Theatre until March 2, 2013. It will be followed – from March 5 to March 30, 2013 – by The Living Room, starring Christopher Timothy.