Graham Greene’s classic novel Travels With My Aunt is given new life in the capital in 2013 as Scottish playwright Giles Havergal’s 1989 stage adaptation makes its way to the Menier Chocolate Factory. In a big year for the London Bridge venue – its version of Merrily We Roll Along is its latest production to receive a West End transfer in 2013 – the production proves that the Menier Chocolate Factor remains one of the most important venues in the capital outside of the West End.
Travels With My Aunt emerged in 1969 and has remained a popular piece of work from Greene, with a screen adaptation arriving in the 1970s and this stage version entertaining audiences in Glasgow when it premiered in 1989. Those in the capital have also enjoyed the piece when the play found itself in the West End following its original premiere.
But whilst its history and popularity will undoubtedly attract a great deal of attention it’s the plot that will sway those deciding whether or not to pick up theatre tickets. Travels With My Aunt focuses on the character of Henry Pulling, who heads out on a journey around the globe alongside his estranged, eccentric and sexually adventurous Aunt Augusta. The life he leads on the road, mixing colourful characters and far-off destinations, is a far cry from his former home life as a bank manager where safety and security was paramount.
The show is set to be directed by Christopher Luscombe with four actors alternating in the various roles the play presents – much like another London show in The 39 Steps. Luscombe has been behind a wealth of shows over the years, with Monty Python’s Spamalot at the West End’s Playhouse Theatre among his recent credits. He also directed The Madness Of George III at the Apollo Theatre, When We Were Married at the Garrick Theatre and A Midsumer Night’s Dream at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, earning Laurence Olivier Award-nominations along the way.
So he is more than capable of bringing new life to Travels With My Aunt as it follows Polly Findlay’s Proof at the Menier Chocolate Factory from Wednesday 8th May 2013 (previews from Thursday 2nd May 2013).
|Booking From:||Thursday, 2nd May 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 29th June 2013|
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