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Artistic Director Christopher Luscombe and Howard Panter of the Ambassador Theatre Group have announced that Theatre Royal Brighton Productions’ inaugural season will begin with the first major revival for forty years of Dandy Dick. Starring Patricia Hodge and Nicholas le Prevost, and directed by Christopher Luscombe, the show will be opening at the new company’s home in Brighton before embarking on a UK tour, and Richmond will be the first stop on that tour.
Theatre Royal Brighton Productions aims to stage many classic plays and tour to the country’s best playhouses before heading to the West End. They have already announced Dandy Dick will be followed up by Bernard Pomerance’s modern classic The Elephant Man, and John Dighton’s much-loved farce, The Happiest Days of Your Life. They will also be developing new titles and other rarely seen classic tales through workshops, readings and events with local artists over the coming months, from the celebrated Theatre Royal Brighton, one of the best-loved and one of the oldest working theatres in the country.
Christopher Luscombe said, 'We’re thrilled to be staging Dandy Dick, a glorious British comedy written 125 years ago in Brighton, as the first production for Theatre Royal Brighton Productions’ opening season. 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.'
Written in Brighton in 1887, Dandy Dick tells the hilarious story of the Very Reverend Augustin Jedd, a pillar of Victorian respectability, who preaches regularly against the evils of horseracing and gambling. However, a visit from his tearaway sister, Georgiana, leads him to risk all at the races, much against his better judgement. Mayhem ensues, with romantic intrigue, mistaken identity and a runaway horse. Olivier Award-winner Patricia Hodge, whose career spans film (Betrayal, Behind Enemy Lines), theatre (Noises Off, Calendar Girls) and television (a BAFTA nomination for Hotel du Lac, The Falklands Play and Miranda), will play Georgiana. Nicholas Le Prevost, whose distinguished stage career includes many productions at the National Theatre, including My Fair Lady, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, and, most recently, The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley in the West End, will star as the Dean.
This classic British comedy saw its last major production in 1987 in a national tour starring Sir Anthony Quayle and Margaret Courtenay, and the play last appeared in the West End in 1973 starring Alastair Sim and Patricia Routledge.
After opening at the Theatre Royal Brighton, the production will go on a UK tour, visiting Richmond Theatre from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 July, before stopping at Aylesbury, Bromley, Woking, Glasgow, York, Birmingham, and Manchester on its way to London’s West End. Tickets for Dandy Dick are already on sale so don’t miss what is sure to be a highlight of our Summer season here at Richmond.