Four Farces

April to July 2013


April to July 2013


Richard Latham
Asta Parry
John O’Connor


Writers: John Maddison Morton, William E Suter & Joseph Stirling Coyne
Director: Jonathan Kemp & Peter Craze
Lighting: Duncan Hands
Designer: Tomasin Cuthbert
Scenography: Martyn Doust
Sound: Derek Carlyle


Wilton’s Music Hall, Greenwich Theatre and National Tour

The Show

Duelling pistols, intoxication, double-crossing, thwarted lovers, twirling moustaches and cross dressing are just some of the elements in this superb evening of Victorian one-act farces. There’s more than a hint of Monty Python and The Goons to these hidden farcical gems. Written between 1847 & 1860, these plays whisk us back over 150 years and invite us to forget our worries for an hour or two.


‘This is a half archaeological curiosity, half timeless fun. I had expected only mild interest in four obscure Victorian one-act farces but the plays proved me wrong with perfectly judged renderings by the European Arts Company.’
The Times
‘The three performers, Richard Latham, Asta Parry and John O'Connor, throw themselves into their roles with madcap glee, expertly giving life to the stereotypes, and playing the slapstick with cheeky knowingness. This is a very entertaining evening, fascinating for students of theatre history, but also enjoyable on its own terms.’
‘The terrific venue of Wilton’s Music Hall, recently saved from the philistine’s bulldozers, is the perfect home for Four Farces. For an evening of quality lowbrow Victorian entertainment played at full throttle, you can’t go wrong. This full-blooded presentation of the best of Victorian broad comedies makes for a delightfully entertaining evening.’
Entertainment Focus
‘The production moves at an excellent clip and has just the right flavour of knowing silliness. Marvellously lyrical and inventive'
The Spectator
‘I thoroughly recommend seeing Four Farces, particularly for any comedy fan – you really can begin to discern the heritage of acts like Morecombe and Wise and Monty Python in these four old farces. The show was funny and quirky, and makes for a highly enjoyable evening of theatre, totally befitting to the charming old music hall.
A Younger Theatre
‘It is lovely to see these little pieces performed in a contemporary setting for them. An authentically eccentric performance with impeccable throwaway timing. Shades of Pirandello, or even Monty Python.’
Broadway Baby

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