The first major revival in forty years of Arthur Wing Pinero’s classic comedy Dandy Dick launches the inaugural season from new production company Theatre Royal Brighton Productions.
The company’s aim is to stage classic plays and comedies and tour to the country’s best playhouses. The first production is the classic British comedy, Dandy Dick which comes to the New Victoria Theatre, Woking from Tue 31 July – Sat 4 August.
Director Christopher Luscombe said of Dandy Dick, 'We are thrilled to be staging Dandy Dick, a glorious British comedy written 125 years ago in Brighton. It is a rarely seen treasure that so richly deserves to be enjoyed by modern audiences in search of quality and entertainment in an evening out at the theatre.'
Dandy Dick tells the hilarious story of the Right Reverend Augustin Jedd, a straight laced vicar who is the pillar of Victorian respectability and preaches against the evils of horseracing and gambling. Following a visit from his tearaway sister, Georgiana, as well as a need to raise some money for a new church steeple, he’s led astray and risks all on her racehorse, called, you’ve guessed it, Dandy Dick. Inevitable misunderstanding, hilarity and chaos ensue, with Pinero’s exquisite writing perfectly capturing the strictures of the Victorian period and turning society on its head!
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Brighton Productions, Dandy Dick stars two of the countries most distinguished and loved actors, Patricia Hodge and Nicholas Le Prevost.
Olivier-Award winner Patricia Hodge’s stellar career spans film, theatre and television. Including Betrayal, Behind Enemy Lines on screen, Noises Off and Calendar Girls on stage and Hotel du Lac, The Falklands Play
and most recently her sublime portrayal of middle-class motherhood in hit sitcom Miranda on the small screen. Playing the role of the Reverend’s sister, Georgiana, Patricia describes her as an incredibly modern woman for the era; 'She’s surprising, full of heart. She would of really cut against the usual flow of human behaviour of the time, it is Pinero’s great strength that he actually put her on the stage, actually wrote about such a woman, in the way writing about a vicar who was having a modern dilemma was also unusual. So it was intrepid in it’s time...a cracking good play.'
Alongside Patricia, Nicholas Le Prevost plays her brother, the somewhat foolish vicar. Nicholas’ illustrious career includes many stage credits including an Olivier-nominated turn in My Fair Lady at the National Theatre, and a recent appearance alongside Kiera Knightley in The Misanthorpe in the West End.
With a combination of a stellar company of cast and creative’s as well as an exquisitely witty script by Pinero – this is sure to be an odds-on favourite this summer.
Performance Times & Ticket Information
Tue 31 July – Sat 4 August
Tue – Sat eves 7.30pm
Wed, Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm
Tickets £12 - £29.50 (premium seats £35)
You can book tickets by calling the Box Office on 0844 871 7645 (fees apply)
Groups Booking Line 0844 871 7601 or online at www.atgtickets.com/woking (fees apply)