The Magistrate

Cast includes John Lithgow With his louche air and developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable Posket...

Arthur Wing Pinero
Timothy Sheader

Olivier Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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First produced in 1885, this is a farce written by English playwright Sir Arthur Wing Pinero. Received favourably by both critics and audiences when it was first staged, it was later turned into a musical version in 1917. Here, director Timothy Sheader (the current artistic director of the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park) picks-up and homes in on the musical possibilities of the play and... Read more

This is a comedy concerning Mr Poskett, a kind and decent magistrate who marries a widowed woman who he believes is 31 but is in fact 36. His wife lied about her age because she did not think Mr Posket would marry her if she was much older. However, because she lied about her age, she also had to lie about her son's age! So now Mr Posket believes that his stepson is only 14, when he is in fact... Read more

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