See How They Run at The Playhouse in Cheltenham
THE sitting room of a vicarage is the unusual setting for a new play in Cheltenham next week, full of unexpected twists and turns.
See How They Run has all the thrills and spills of a fairground ride to keep audiences entertained at The Playhouse in Cheltenham.
Originally written by Phillip King in 1943, the comedy has since been produced as both a play and film over three acts.
King wrote the first act in 1942 under the title Moon Madness, with the final act completed a year later.
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His play was first staged by Henry Kendall during the war as entertainment for the troops.
It then moved to the West End stage where three 'doodle-bug' bombs exploded nearby on opening night. Needless to say, nobody is said to have moved from their seats.
The illustrious cast list in past productions has included the likes of Joan Hickson, Maureen Lipman and Tim Pigot-Smith.
The title of the play is taken from the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice and the play is considered a farce for its tense comic situations and headlong humour, heavily playing on mistaken identity, doors, and vicars.
It's set in the fictitious village of Merton-cum-Middlewick.
The Playhouse company treasurer Ann Chandler, said: "It's very much a traditional farce.
"It has an escaped prisoner of war, there's a woman locked in a cupboard and mayhem ensues really.
"It's an old script and well-known play that deserves to come out of the cupboard every so often.
"There's something for everyone whether you are eight or 80 and it would be great outing for the family."
Catch the colourful play next Friday from 7.45pm. Tickets from £5. Call 01242 522852.