Bang Bang!

Plays Theatre
Bang Bang!
When

Monday 06th April, 2020 - Saturday 11th April, 2020

Where

Ashcroft Playhouse

About

 

 BANG BANG!

A new farce by John Cleese*

Based on ‘Monsieur Chasse’ by Georges Feydeau

 

With Tessa Peake-Jones, Tony Gardner and Wendi Peters

(*Mr Cleese does not appear in this production – he wanted to, but we wouldn’t let him)

‘Laugh out loud’ The Stage

‘Cleese is a master of surreal British slapstick’ Daily Telegraph

 

 

John Cleese makes his stage writing debut with a hilarious new adaptation of this classic comedy – a delicious blend of French Farce and Fawlty Towers.

When Leontine, a respectable society lady, discovers that she’s been hoodwinked by her husband, Duchotel, who’s always pretending to go hunting but really chasing after other ‘prey’, she vows to take revenge on the philanderer! But while Duchotel’s away, his lifelong friend comes calling – and he’s on the hunt too.

Will Leontine get caught in his sights, or instead set a trap of her own?

Secrets unravel as the devilish Duchotel finds himself snared in a door-slamming, trouser-dropping, balcony-climbing night of chaos set amidst the stylish apartments of Paris.

Tessa Peake-Jones became a household name with her role as Raquel in the iconic comedy Only Fools and Horses. Her extensive stage work encompasses the National Theatre and RSC, recent credits include The Winslow Boy and Shirley Valentine.

Tony Gardner first made his name in comedy as part of the award-winning comedy duo Struck off and Die. Since then he has appeared on TV in roles ranging from the My Parents are Aliens to Last Tango in Halifax and on stage in Alan Ayckbourn’s classic Bedroom Farce. Wendi Peters is most widely known for her role as Cilla Battersby in Coronation Street and is currently appearing in the West End smash-hit musical BIG.

Performances

Monday - 06th April 7:45 PM Book Now
Tuesday - 07th April 7:45 PM Book Now
Wednesday - 08th April 2:30 PM Book Now
Wednesday - 08th April 7:45 PM Book Now
Thursday - 09th April 7:45 PM Book Now
Wednesday - 10th April 7:45 PM Book Now
Saturday - 11th April 2:30 PM Book Now
Saturday - 11th April 7:45 PM Book Now

Reviews

'will make your face hurt from laughing!'

Review from the American Premier Production

"Hilarious!” “ Very Funny” “ Loved it!” “...a riot of comedy… brilliant farce with laugh a minute one-liners which had us in stitches. A must see.”

Audience reviews from the original production at Colchester Mercury Theatre

Venue Info

Ashcroft Playhouse

With increased capacity of over 800 seats the Ashcroft Playhouse will present seasons of plays and musicals as well as being home to local community performances and events.  Seasons of live cinema broadcasts will also feature in the programme.

 

On Monday 16 September 2019, Dame Judi Dench formally re-dedicated the Ashcroft Playhouse at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls to her friend and Croydon-born fellow actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. The award-winning actress unveiled the People’s Picture, a giant commemorative mosaic by artist Helen Marshall.

 

Dame Judi Dench unveils Dame Peggy Ashcroft mural