HE next Coli­seum pro­duc­tion com­ing to the stage is Boe­ing Boe­ing – a clas­sic French farce about a Parisian play­boy.

Farce is a very par­tic­u­lar kind of com­edy play – the sto­ry­line is fast mov­ing and of­ten cen­tres around one im­pos­si­ble sit­u­a­tion.

In Boe­ing Boe­ing we fol­low Bernard – a man with an in­tri­cately planned love life in­volv­ing not one, not two, but three stew­ardess fi­ancées from dif­fer­ent air­lines.

Set in the 1960s, at the be­gin­ning of the play Bernard uses an air timetable to en­sure that none of his fi­ancées ever meets. But all of his care­fully-laid plans are thrown out of the win­dow with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new, much faster, Boe­ing Jet.

The farces of the ‘60s and ‘70s pro­vided theatre with some of the big­gest com­edy suc­cesses, but the tra­di­tion of the fast­mov­ing play dates back to the an­cient Greeks and Ro­mans, coun­ter­bal­anc­ing the great tragedies.

With such a long tra­di­tion to up­hold, we’ve brought in direc­tor Robin Her­ford, who was last seen at the Coli­seum for Bed­room Farce in 2014 and Sugar Dad­dies in 2013.

Along­side th­ese com­edy cre­den­tials Robin is a for­mer col­league of the Olivier and Tony award­win­ning play­wright Alan Ay­ck­bourn, who has writ­ten more than 70 plays (in­clud­ing Bed­room Farce), many of which had a part spe­cially writ­ten for Robin to per­form.

Robin is also famed as the direc­tor of the phe­nom­e­nally suc­cess­ful stage adap­ta­tion of The Woman in Black.

Theatre-go­ers of Old­ham are in good hands.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.