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While the Sun Shines

by Terence Rattigan, directed by Christopher Luscombe

13 - 30 July 2016

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Overview

4 Star Rating "Delightful ... Universally excellent cast" Sunday Express

4 Star Rating "Exquisitely enjoyable" Daily Telegraph

4 Star Rating "Delectably droll" Independent

4 Star Rating "Hilarious ... I dare you not to laugh!" The Times

5 Star Rating "An absolute treat" TheatreBath

On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Lady Elizabeth, the Earl of Harpenden makes the mistake of allowing a drunken American Lieutenant to spend the night in his Albany apartment.

Things start to go wrong the following morning when the Earl arranges a little female company for his charming and mischievous guest in the form of Mabel Crum, a former girlfriend with a penchant for Americans...but it is his fiancée, Lady Elizabeth, who turns up at the flat!

Add into the mix Colbert, a young French officer who also fancies his chances with Elizabeth, and her garrulous father, an inveterate gambler, and the stage is set for hilarious confusion.

In this flurry of crossed-wires and mistaken identities Rattigan shows himself to be a master farceur.

While the Sun Shines ran for over one thousand performances in the West End in the early 1940s, before transferring to Broadway. The leading critic of the day, James Agate, described it as “delightful, a little masterpiece of tingling impertinence”.

Michael Cochrane's long and varied television career has included leading roles in The Darling Buds of May, Keeping Up Appearances and many others, and film appearances have included The Iron Lady and Escape to Victory. He has played Oliver Sterling in The Archers on Radio 4 since 2000. The cast also includes Tamla Kari, best known for her role as Constance Bonacieux in The Musketeers, and Lucy in The Inbetweeners films; Rob Heaps, whose credits range from Pride and Prejudice for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre to the American series My So Called Wife; Nicholas Bishop who appeared in Man and Superman and Three Days in the Country at the National Theatre last year; Alexandra Dowling who played Queen Anne in The Musketeers and whose credits also include Game of Thrones and Rupert Young who starred in Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe and played Sir Leon in Merlin.

Terence Rattigan’s plays include The Deep Blue Sea, Flare Path, Separate Tables, The Browning Version, French Without Tears and The Winslow Boy.

Director Christopher Luscombe has worked extensively with the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe. His recent productions include Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Nell Gwynn, The Madness of George III, Enjoy, and Spamalot.

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  • Reviews

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    4 Star Rating Exquisitely enjoyable - Daily Telegraph

    4 Star Rating Delectably droll - Independent

    4 Star Rating Hilarious ... I dare you not to laugh! - The Times

    4 Star Rating Cleverly plotted and very funny ... an entirely authentic, impressively opulent set ... Thoroughly enjoyable summer holiday fare - StageTalk Magazine

    4 Star Rating A breath of fun-filled fresh air in a sultry summertime of gloom and bad news - Bristol Post

    Elegant, fast-paced, witty, insightful and engaging ... Rattigan’s skills at their shimmering best - The Bath Magazine

    Very funny, a real treat of a period piece ... performances are terrific - Listomania Bath

    Nothing short of hilarious ... Classic English comedy at its best ... Dry wit delivered with perfect timing ... Absolute belly laughing hilarity with beautiful staging - Bath Chronicle

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  • Cast

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    Nicholas Bishop, Michael Cochrane, Alexandra Dowling, Jonathan Dryden Taylor, Rob Heaps, Tamla Kari, Rupert Young.

    Director - Christopher Luscombe

    Design - Robert Jones

    Lighting Design - Nick Richings

    Sound Design - Jeremy Dunn

    Composer - Malcolm McKee

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  • Info

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    Preview Performances 13th – 19th July and Press Performance on 20th July all seats £25. (Grand Circle £15) Subscription Scheme does not apply. No other discounts apply.

    Times

    Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
    Press Night 20th July 7pm
    Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm (No Matinee 14th July)

    Running Time: Approx. 2h 15m (including interval)

    Post Show Discussion: Thursday 28 July

    Prices

    Previews & Press Performance £15.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00
    Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £20.00 £25.50 £27.50 £30.50 £32.50
    Sat eves: £22.50 £26.50 £28.50 £31.50 £34.50
    Thurs mats: £18.50 £24.00 £26.00 £30.00 £31.00 

     

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    Please note the ticket price includes a £2 Building Levy. 

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