The Man Who Came to Dinner
Directed by Helen Thorpe
What do you get when you mix a very grumpy, lying, egocentric, legendary radio personality, who possesses a tongue dipped in venom and a broken leg with a wealthy, conservative middle class family, newly-paroled homicidal convicts, hasty romantic liaisons, jealous ambitions, a smattering of Hollywood film stars, a sarcophagus, even an axe murderer and penguins all in one place?
Chaos, that’s what you get!
It’s Christmas time, early 1940s America. Famed author/critic Sheridan Whiteside accidentally breaks his leg whilst on a lecture tour in Ohio.
As a result he is stuck in the home of wealthy Industrialist Ernest W. Stanley & family, forced to do his much-loved, annual radio Christmas message to America in a local hick town rather than the glittering city of New York and, boy, is he not happy about it… so the riotous shenanigans begin!!!
Whiteside proceeds to plunge the whole household into siege-like chaos, ruling as a tyrannical Czar, meddling in everyone’s lives & running roughshod over nearly all that he comes across with hilarious results.
A cross between Arsenic & Old Lace & The 39 Steps this play was made into the highly successful, 1943 Oscar-Nominated Bette Davis & Monty Woolley film and is a veritable feast of wit & sophistication.
Opening Night Special Offer – 2 tickets for £24 (Tuesday 15th October performance)
This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd.
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