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The Four Farces - Wilton's Music Hall

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

EUROPEAN Arts Company are bringing their touring production of Four Farces to Wilton’s Music Hall, where it runs from June 18 to June 27, 2013.

Duelling pistols, cross dressing, thwarted lovers, double-crossing, romance and intoxication are the order of the day in this hilarious evening of short plays, by three of the best farce writers Victorian England had to offer.

There’s more than a hint of Monty Python and The Goons to these hidden farcical gems, which have been touring the UK since April and will continue to do so until July.

Written between 1847 and 1860, Box and Cox and A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion by John Madison Morton, Wanted, A Young Lady by William E Suter and Duel in the Dark by Joseph Stirling Coyne, co-founder of Punch Magazine, take audiences back over 150 years to a nearly forgotten era of theatrical conventions.

The show stars celebrated farceur Richard Latham who, in a long comic career, has worked with Sir Brian Rix in his Whitehall Farces, with Mia Farrow at the RSC, and appeared alongside Alastair Sim in Sir Ian McKellen’s production of The Clandestine Marriage.

Other cast members include Asta Parry (Nice Sally, Riverside Studios) and John O’Connor, Artistic Director of European Arts Company.

The Four Farces is directed by Jonathan Kemp, currently starring in the UK stage production of Yes, Prime Minister!, who said: “These four unjustly neglected plays will give the audience a great insight into what made the Victorians’ ribs tickle, as well as providing them with plenty of 21st century laughs and entertainment!”

The audience are of course invited to join in the fun and come wearing their Victorian best. Corsets and bonnets, caps and moustaches, feathers and fans are all welcome and greatly encouraged!

Tickets: £25 (Table Seats), £17.50, £12.50 – available from the box office on 020 7702 2789 or online at www.wiltons.org.uk/.

Time: 7:30pm.

Following the production’s run at Wilton’s, The Four Farces will play for two performances at the Greenwich Theatre on July 4 and 5, 2013 (7.30pm). Tickets are £15 and £10 – available from the box office on 020 8858 7755 or online at www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/.