Based on the Marx Brothers classic film, this family production with a satirical edge includes show-stopping musical numbers, high society parties (on and off-stage) and tender love stories. The subject of the piece is the aspirational set of early 20th century America: social climbers, the nouveau riche, scoundrels, cheats and liars exploiting the well-heeled.
Animal Crackers started its life as a theatre show at Broadway s 44th Street Theatre in 1928 where it was a hit for the Marx Brothers. The film version was released two years later and remains one of the Marx s best-known classics.
The characters of Groucho, Chico and Harpo in the Royal Exchange production are played by Ben Keaton, Joseph Alessi and Toby Sedgwick respectively.