Actors offer charming tale of English escapism

Three Men in a Boat
Three Men in a Boat

THREE Men in a Boat, the delightfully British tale of messing about on the river, comes to the Devonshire Park Theatre from August 28-September 8.

Keeping audiences laughing for well over a century Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure has become the quintessential example of the charm and wit of Victorian England. Brought to the stage in a brand new adaptation by award-winning Original Theatre Company, audiences will be treated to a tale of friendship, mischief and folly.

In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life three friends J, Harris and George, accompanied by their faithful canine companion Montmorency, decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate. However the holiday quickly unravels, descending into chaos!

Originally intended as a serious guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome’s ripping yarn of youthful misadventure celebrates the very essence of Britishness.

Initially derided by critics, Three Men in a Boat became an enormous hit in its day, spreading to an international audience and global success.

Indeed since its publication it has never been out of print, The Guardian ranked it 33 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time and Esquire listed it as 2 in the 50 Funniest Books Ever.

After Jerome’s death in 1927, his work went on to attain cult status, inspiring many of our comic legends from Morecambe and Wise to Monty Python.

Evening performances are at 7.45pm, with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £10 for the opening night, then from £13.50-£18, call 412000.