It is a story that has embarked on quite a journey since it was originally penned by Georges Feydeau in 1907 and it arrives at the Old Vic in 2010 ready to take audiences on a head spinning tale of turmoil featuring themes of infidelity, confusion, mistaken identity and more. The show takes the form of A Flea in Her Ear, which is set to feature Tom Hollander and Lisa Dillon in husband and wife roles under the direction of the renowned Sir Richard Eyre.
Whilst the show was originally penned in 1907, it was a production that was previously staged at the Old Vic in 1966 (when the venue was the home of The National Theatre) under the direction Jacques Charon, with John Mortimer’s script revamping the classic text. It is this version that audiences will witness in 2010 as the stage of the Old Vic becomes the scene of comic mishaps that fluctuate into a memorable ending of confusion and embarrassment.
The plot follows Raymonde (Lisa Dillon), the wife of Victor (Tom Hollander) who has began to suspect her husband of cheating on her. The clues are there for her to see, but she is unaware that he has perfectly valid excuses for all of them. However, keen to learn the truth she decides to set up a trap alongside her friend Lucienne to lure him into a meeting with another woman. But the plan backfires, with Victor uninterested in the invite and sending another in his place, with more and more people added to the mix until a mass of embarrassed faces are left scratching their heads.
Tom Hollander, as Victor, arrives at the Old Vic having performed in various productions across London over a long career. For the stage he has appeared in the likes of The Government Inspector at the Almeida Theatre, whilst his screen appearances stretch from the early 1980s to the modern day, with examples such as Any Human Heart and Rev in 2010, plus movies like In the Loop and The Soloist.
With Sir Richard Eyre providing his directing talents, A Flea in Her Ear will be a welcome addition to the Old Vic when it runs from Tuesday 14th December 2010 (previews from Saturday 4th December 2010) to Saturday 5th March 2011.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 4th December 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 5th March 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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