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Tristram Shandy: Gentleman - Tabard Theatre

Tristram Shandy: Gentleman

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Tabard Theatre has teamed up with innovative theatre company Micawber to present the world premiere of a new adaptation of Laurence Sterne’s bawdy anti-novel, Tristram Shandy: Gentleman.

This new adaptation by Callum Hale recreates the salacious world of Tristram Shandy and plays a limited run at the Tabard Theatre – from Tuesday, February 18 to Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Tristram Shandy, himself as narrator and commentator, attempts to tell his life story as fully as he knows how. But will he ever manage to get through it all?

In this fast-paced romp through Sterne’s madcap world of diverse characters and plans gone disastrously awry, audiences meet Tristram’s constantly thwarted father, his gentle uncle Captain Toby Shandy, and many more.

Laurence Sterne was an 18th century Anglo-Irish novelist and vicar, best known for his novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Published in nine volumes over the course of seven years, its bawdy humour was popular with London society and has come to be seen as one of the greatest comic novels in English.

A film, based on the making of a film of Sterne’s metafictional novel, was made in 2006 as A Cock and Bull Story and starred Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

Tickets: £16, £14 concession – available from the box office on 0208 995 6035 or online at

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm.