Five-day run for historic farce

Charley's Aunt
Charley's Aunt

Charley’s Aunt, which has a five-day run at the Devonshire Park Theatre starting next Tuesday (April 9) is a farce in three acts written by Brandon Thomas.

It broke all historic records for plays of any kind, with an original London run of 1,466 performances.

Jack Chesney and Charley Wyckeham are undergraduates at Oxford University in love, respectively, with Kitty Verdun and Amy Spettigue.

Charley receives word that his aunt, Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez, a rich widow from Brazil whom he has never met, is coming to visit him.

The boys invite Amy and Kitty to lunch to meet her, also intending to declare their love to the girls, who are being sent away to Scotland with Amy’s uncle, Stephen Spettigue, who is also Kitty’s guardian.

However, a telegram declares that her trip is delayed so their plans are in disarray until they hit upon the idea that Lord Fancourt Babberley, their good friend, should put on a frock and assume her identity.

Madness ensues when Charley’s aunt from Brazil finally arrives. All is well in the end after a breathtaking chase, a musical interlude and an absurd number of marital engagements.

Charley’s Aunt will be nightly at 7.45pm with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday (April 10) and Saturday (April 13).