May 24th, 2011
Pitlochry Festival Theatre is delighted to announce that it’s third play to preview in it’s Summer Season of six plays is See How They Run! by Philip King, one of the greatest farces of all time.
Merton-cum-Middlewick, 1942: the inhabitants are braced for an imminent Nazi invasion. But Miss Skillon, the spinsterish village busybody, considers that a far greater danger threatens the Reverend Lionel Toop. Not only is his new young wife Penelope thoroughly ‘modern’ – and worse, an actress – but Miss S. is also convinced she’s . . . having an affair . . .
The blameless Penelope, meanwhile, is delighted when an old actor friend drops in. Clive Winton, now in the army, has a day’s leave from guarding German POWs at a nearby camp. Spotting that Private Lives - which holds fond memories for both – is playing at the local theatre, Penelope suggests a night out. But as army regulations prevent Clive from visiting town, Penelope dresses him in one of her husband’s spare clerical suits, so he can visit the production in disguise . . .
But then a mysterious, unidentified intruder arrives at the vicarage, desperate for a change of identity – and clothes. Closely followed by Clive’s long-suffering Sergeant. And Penelope’s uncle, the Bishop of Lax. And Humphrey, a rotund locum priest . . .
Juggling five vicars (two of whom aren’t) in a wartime English vicarage, Philip King transforms a preposterous situation into a horribly believable and wholly hilarious whirlwind of mistaken identity and misplaced trousers! This brilliantly written and achingly funny show opens on Thursday 26th May and plays in repertoire until 12th October. Tickets are available from box office: 01796 484626 or online: www.PitlochryFestivalTheatre.com
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