Fun for everyone as drama society reveals new season

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Market Harborough Drama Society has announced a varied programme for their upcoming season.

There will be two very different comedies, a play that is currently running in the West End, a famous spoof and plays by the legendary Harold Pinter and Alan Bennett.

The group’s 2015/16 season starts with a comedy from farce master Ray Cooney. Funny Money sees the mild- mannered Henry Perkins pick up the wrong briefcase.It’s full of money, in used £50 notes. He assumes it is illicit cash, and decides to keep it. Now he and his wife can go 
anywhere. But the laughs start when the couple get an unexpected knock on the door. The show is performed in September.

At the end of the year will be Noel Coward’s classic, Charles Condomine. The author is researching for a book and invites the implausible medium, Madame Arcati, to his house for a séance. However Madame Arcati summons Charles’ dead wife Elvira, much to the chagrin of his new wife, Ruth.

The first play of the year is The Royal Baccarat Scandal. It dramatizes the Victorian scandal of 1890 in which Sir William Gordon Cumming, a baronet and personal friend of the Prince of Wales, was accused by his mistress’s husband of cheating at baccarat.

The group performs two one-act plays in February before the group takes on the play Betrayal, by Harold Pinter. The story is reputedly based upon an actual love affair between the playwright and a BBC arts reporter.

This will be followed by Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van. It tells the story of an eccentric, grumpy, elderly lady who parked her old camper-van in the street where he lived, much to the consternation of the neighbours.

The final play is The 39 Steps, based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name. The hilarious spoof is performed by just four actors playing more than 100 parts and has been a huge hit on the West End and Broadway stage.

Tickets for each of the shows will be on sale a month before the performances. All of the shows take place at Harborough Theatre in Church Square in the town.

For more about the group and the theatre can be found by visiting www.harboroughtheatre.com.