Thrills, laughs, sequins

Kiss Me Quickstep is one of Eastbourne Theatres in-house productions in summer 2016
Kiss Me Quickstep is one of Eastbourne Theatres in-house productions in summer 2016

Eastbourne Theatres honours the long tradition of producing in-house professional summer shows with a brand new adaptation of the hilarious Marc Camoletti farce Don’t Dress for Dinner at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne (July 19-30).

The in-house productions also continue with co-productions of the brand new play Kiss Me Quickstep (July 29 – August 17) and the nerve-jangling thriller Night Must Fall (August 19 – September 3) by master playwright Emlyn Williams.

The delightfully uproarious Don’t Dress For Dinner will surely have audiences unable to control their laughter... Set in a stylish converted French farmhouse Bernard is hoping to entertain his Parisian mistress, Suzy, for the weekend. He’s arranged for a cordon bleu cook to provide the gourmet delights, is in the process of packing wife Jacqueline off to her mother, and he has even invited best friend Robert as a suitable alibi. It’s a foolproof plan, so what could go wrong?

Well, suppose Robert turns up without knowing why he’s been invited? Or, what if Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers? Or maybe the cook is mistaken as the mistress and the mistress can’t cook? Mix all these ingredients and there is the perfect recipe for an evening of hilarious confusion as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

The mood is shifted with the brand new working of classic British thriller Night Must Fall; a handsome smooth-talking stranger arrives at the remote woodland home of reclusive Mrs Bransom and he soon worms his way into the household. Beautiful young Olivia, Mrs Bransom’s niece seems particularly drawn to this enigmatic stranger, but when another young woman is brutally murdered in the village fingers are pointed… but who really is Dan, and just what is he hiding in that battered old hat box?

The Winter Garden will be transformed with an innovative use of the space for the brand new play, Kiss Me Quickstep. The backstage dramas of the Blackpool national ballroom championships threaten to spill out onto the dancefloor – but what happens when your dancefloor dreams are turning into a nightmare? The Guardian wrote of this play: “The combination of Amanda Whittington – a writer with an uncommon knack for intelligent, accessible drama – and the gladiatorial arena of sequins and tailcoats is a match made in ballroom heaven.”

Artistic Director Chris Jordan commented: “This summer is going to be a very busy one for our production team. It is an exciting time and we look forward to presenting Eastbourne with some top quality shows this season.”

For booking call 01323 412000 or go to www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk.