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.