Jolly boating japes at Devonshire Park Theatre

Tom Hackney, Paul Westwood and Alastair Whatley in Three Men in a Boat at The Devonshire Park Theatre from March 3. Photo - Jack Ladenburg SUS-150219-151903001
Tom Hackney, Paul Westwood and Alastair Whatley in Three Men in a Boat at The Devonshire Park Theatre from March 3. Photo - Jack Ladenburg SUS-150219-151903001
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It’s the ultimate boating misadventure as Three Men in a Boat, an outstanding stage adaptation of Jerome K Jerome’s famously humorous novel, lands at the Devonshire Park Theatre from Tuesday, March 3 to Saturday, March 7.

Craig Gilbert’s exuberant production comes complete with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a lot of physical comedy.

Attempting to escape the stresses of city life, three friends, J, Harris and George, accompanied by faithful canine companion Montmorency, take to the river to relax and rejuvenate. The holiday, however, quickly unravels and descends into chaos.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome’s ripping yarn of youthful friendship, mischief and folly celebrates the very essence of Britishness. The cast includes Michael Rouse (The Bodyguard, Matilda, Oklahoma!), Anna Westlake, David Partridge and Tom Hackney.

Alastair Whatley, director of The Original Theatre Company which co-produced the show, said Jerome K Jerome has been credited with writing the funniest book of all time. “Now, more than 125 years later, it still has the power to make people laugh uncontrollably in public places. Craig Gilbert’s adaptation also manages to make people laugh uncontrollably, but in the safety of a theatre.”

Suitable for all ages. Tickets £15.50-£21.50, concessions available. - 01323 412000 or online at eastbournetheatres.co.uk