Classic Victorian farce to be performed by drama group

Charley's Aunt
Charley's Aunt

A popular comedy which has been performed regularly since 1892 is to be bought to the stage in Market Harborough next month.

Market Harborough Drama Society is performing Charlie’s Aunt which has been popular since it opened in Bury St Edmunds.

The show is set in Oxford University during the Victorian era.

It was an age when unmarried members of the opposite sex were not permitted to socialise without the presence of a suitable chaperone. This is the story depicted in this classic Victorian farce.

Jack and Charley invite Amy and Kitty for lunch during Commemoration week, expecting Charley’s Aunt, Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez to act as chaperone.

Donna Lucia is travelling from Brazil, where the nuts come from, and is delayed.

In desperation Jack and Charley persuade their friend Lord Fancourt Babberly to impersonate the lady.

Not entirely happy with the role foisted upon him, Lord Fancourt Babberly is even more uncomfortable when his representation of Charley’s Aunt proves very popular with the older gentlemen at the lunch party.

The chaos is guaranteed when the real Donna Lucia arrives…

The play is a farce in three acts written by Brandon Thomas.

It broke all historic records for plays of any kind, with an original London run of 1,466 performances.

Tickets for the show are going very fast and a spokesman for the drama society urged people to book their tickets for the show well in advance.

Charley’s Aunt opens on Tuesday July 7 and runs until Saturday July 11.

There are performances every night starting at 7.45pm with a matinee taking place on the final day starting at 2.30pm.

Tickets for the show cost between £7.50 and £10 and are available from the society’s website by visiting www.harboroughtheatre.com.

Alternatively they can be purchased from the box office at the theatre, in Church Square, Market Harborough on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.