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Georges Feydeau’s A Flea in Her Ear - Tabard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SACHA Bush’s fresh new adaptation of Georges Feydeau’s glorious mad French farce, A Flea in Her Ear, runs at the Tabard Theatre from March 31 (previews from March 29) to April 23, 2016.

To test her husband’s fidelity, Raymonde Chandebise sends a letter from a ‘secret’ admirer suggesting a romantic rendezvous at the local ‘dubious morals’ hotel. What follows is a string of outrageously frenzied mixups as mistaken identities spiral out of control.

In this new production, Bush’s upbeat adaptation returns to the roots of the original French script, infusing it with pacey, modern energy; while director Alex Sutton (Tête à Tête Opera Festival and Grimeborn Festival) brings his penchant for musical and physical comedy to the work, including slapstick clowning and gender-bending cross-dressing.

The production is designed by Michael Leopold, who designed Proof at the Tabard Theatre in October 2015.

The cast includes Dominic Brewer (The Lion King, West End; Titanic, Southwark Playhouse) and Rachel Dawson (Les Enfant Terribles).

Georges Feydeau was a French playwright of the era known as the Belle Époque. He wrote over sixty plays, with A Flea in Her Ear, written in 1907, widely regarded as his most famous. His farces are still performed throughout the world today.

Tickets: £17/£15 (£10 previews, £25 press night). To book, call the box office on 0208 995 6035 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm (no performance April 5 and 19); Sunday matinees at 2pm.

Running Time: 120 minutes (including 15 minute interval).

Also at the Tabard Theatre: The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford (until March 26, 2016).