Liverpool writer Stephen Sharkey has created the farce Sex and the Three Day Week from Georges Feydeau’s L’Hôtel du Libre Échange.
The cast includes Edward Harrison, Natalie Casey, Javier Marzan and Eileen O’Brien and it runs at the Liverpool Playhouse from 5 December 2014 to 10 January 2015.
Sharkey takes Feydeau’s original and reimagines it for early 1970s Britain – a time of strikes, blackouts, free love and the three day week. Middle-age crises, mistaken identities and sexual shenanigans are explored when two couples explore relationships outside of their marriages.
Edward Harrison, who is in the current series of Doctor Who, plays Philip. Edward’s recent stage credits include Time And The Conways at Nottingham Playhouse.
Alongside him is Natalie Casey as his wife Angela. Natalie is best known for her television roles in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Hollyoaks, while she has recently appeared on stage in UK tours of 9 To 5 and Legally Blonde. Natalie was last on the Playhouse stage in Flint Street Nativity in 2007.
The cast also features Peepolykus’s commander-of-the-absurd Javier Marzan (Benidorm, ITV) who returns to the Playhouse having played in No Wise Men in Christmas 2011, Lucy Phelps, David Birrell, Catrin Aaron, Eileen O’Brien, Robin Morrissey and Graeme Rooney.
Feydeau’s classic text has been by brought 100 years into the future by Stephen Sharkey who adapted The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui at the Playhouse in 2011.
Sharkey's other plays include The May Queen at the Liverpool Everyman along with adaptations of The Glass Slipper and Hansel and Gretel for Northern Stage. In 2015 Sharkey’s version of The Great Gatsby will tour the UK.