Opened 29 June 2006
Written: by Philip King
Directed: Douglas Hodge
Cast: Tim Pigott-Smith (Bishop of Lax), Nicholas Blane (Humphrey), Nancy Carroll (Penelope Toop), Adrian Fear (Intruder), Jo Stone-Fewings (Clive Winton), Julie Legrand (Miss Skillon), Nick Rowe (Reverend Lionel Toop), Natalie Grady ( Ida), Chris Macdonnell (Sergeant Towers)
Synopsis: Set in the idyllic village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, where the village inhabitants are preparing themselves for the imminent threat of Nazi invasion. Resident nosy-parker and spinster, Miss Skillon, becomes convinced that her beloved vicar’s actress wife is having an affair and attempts to expose her. Add an escaped German prisoner of war, a handsome actor, the visiting Bishop of Lax, a rotund locum priest and some meddling neighbours and you have all the ingredients for a classic British comedy.
What the critics had to say.....
NICK CURTIS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Lovers of outrageously contrived wartime farces will love this outrageously contrived wartime farce...Flawed, funny, and always bulldog-spirited." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Superb revival...It may be an evening tinged with nostalgia. But it proves that farce is the essence of theatre in that it requires physical agility, spot-on timing and is capable of transforming a preposterous situation into spiralling ecstasy." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Sprightly revival...(the) cast ...are very funny." ALASTAIR MACAULAY for THE FINANCIAL TIMES says, "The production is at its most real when Carroll is onstage: superb."