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Don’t Dress for Dinner
Friday, 24 September – 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm
This boulevard comedy, by Marc Camoletti, was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and was adapted by Robin Hawdon for London, where it ran for six years at the Apollo and Duchess Theatres. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English speaking world.
The Guardian wrote of the London production: “Hurtling along at the speed of light, [this] breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention.”
Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well…. suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.