Two top comedies involving mistaken identity are being twinned at Buxton Opera House... so don’t get mixed up when you book.
Better still, buy tickets for both shows, brought as a double bill by the award-winning Original Theatre Company which brings Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and the 1945 farce See How They Run.
Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, Twelfth Night is creatively re-imagined, relocating to the last days of the Raj, where on the Indian coast a young girl, Viola is found washed up on a beach – one half of twins separated by shipwreck.
As she struggles to find her feet in this strange new world, the forces of fate conspire around her including mistaken identity, several badly-aimed Cupid’s arrows, dukes, noblewomen, a quick witted fool and and a pair of yellow stockings!
Featuring some of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters, Twelfth Night is Shakespeare’s greatest tale of love, identity and new beginnings. The show runs on Wednesday and Thursday, November 23 and 24.
Original Theatre’s second piece on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26,i s Philip King’s 1945 farcical gem, See How They Run, featuring a sequence of dog-collared strangers who turn a homely wartime vicarage in peaceful Merton-cum-Middlewick completely upside down.
In true farcical style a maverick soldier, an escaped POW, a bishop and a few vicars become entangled in a case of mistaken identity.
At its heart is the refreshingly modern Penelope, who finds out more about herself, her husband and her uncle the Bishop, than she ever imagined. To top off this witty comedy add (what seems like) a harmless joke which throws the village into mortal peril! Chaotic, uproarious and daring, See How They Run is one of the finest farces ever written.
Both productions include a full ensemble cast, starring Arthur Bostrom, famous as the mispronouncing Officer Crabtree in ‘Allo ‘Allo,and TV star Lucy Speed of Eastenders and The Bill.
l Tickets for Twelfth Night and See How They Run are priced from £11 to £15 and discounts are available. Call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.