Frivolity and Thrills in Frinton This Summer
The opening production is Charles Ludlum’s The Mystery of Irma Vepp, a pastiche of late Victorian melodrama and runs until Saturday. It’s followed on 21 July by by John Ford Noonan, which (from the advance publicity) seems not a million miles away from Desperate Housewives. Another American comedy begins its week’s run on 26 July; this is Neil Simon’s Come Blow Your Horn; its director is Anthony Clark, the Hampstead Theatre’s outgoing artistic director.
From Colchester-based actor and writer Patrick Marlowe comes a new thriller. The Box is about a young couple whose new home in the country is invaded by a strange old man. It runs for the week beginning 3 August. Marc Camolletti produced a strong of frothy comedies which adapted well to the West End stage in the 1960s and 1970s. Changing Rooms in a version by Jonathan Holloway and Anthony Wood will receive its UK première on 10 August and is in the same vein as Boeing Boeing or Don’t Dress for Dinner – extra-marital affairs which don’t quite work out as intended.
Living Together is the middle section of Alan Ayckbourn’s ground-breaking trilogy of 1974 – The Norman Conquests; Table Manners was staged last year and this overlapping segment shows some of the fallout from inept Norman’s attempted seduction of Annie. Unravel the goings-on from 17 August. The last show of the season, opening on 24 August, is a double-bill. Lunch hour by John Mortimer dates from 1961 and The Twelve-Pound Look by J M Barrie from 1910. Both concern couples whose view of each other is challenged by information revealed by a third party.