The Hospital Players are turning to the ‘master of farce’ for their upcoming 215th production.
They will present Ray Cooney’s “Caught in the Net'” which opens on Tuesday 25th April and runs through to Saturday 29th April from 7.30pm each night at The Plowright Theatre.
“Caught in the Net” tells the story of bigamist taxi driver, John Smith (Adam Brown). John is married to Mary, living in Wimbledon, and Barbara, who lives in Streatham. He has two teenage children, a girl (Vicki) by one family and a boy (Gavin) from the other. Vicki and Gavin have met online and are determined to meet in person, but not if John can help it! He enlists his not-so-bright lodger, Stanley, to help keep Vicki and Gavin (and Mary and Barbara) apart. Things get increasingly out of hand, especially when Stanley’s ageing father arrives, resulting in confusion, lies and general craziness.
“Caught in the Net” is the sequel to the world-famous farce “Run For Your Wife,” a play performed by The Hospital Players in 1994 and 2000. The 2000 production featured Jan Gregory as Mary and Melanie Mason as Barbara, and was directed by Ann Brown. “Caught in the Net” sees Jan and Melanie swap roles – this time playing Barbara and Mary respectively – and Ann again directing, this time in partnership with Jan and assisted by Melanie.
Vicki and Gavin are played by Emily Burnham and Jake Bailey, two local youngsters who are making their debut for The Hospital Players. Both of them have performed at The Plowright with Kimberley Performing Arts Centre. Jake danced in last year’s professional pantomime and Emily will shortly star as Maria in “The Sound of Music” with Duck Egg Theatre Company.”
Jake West, Secretary of The Hospital Players, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Jake and Emily to guest for us. They have fitted in really well and worked very hard on their performances.”
“The Hospital Players have been eager to perform this play since it was written over 15 years ago, especially after the huge success we had with “Run For Your Wife.””
“As is usual in farce, there is plenty of running in and out of doors, so we are very grateful to our talented set designers and builders, who have really had their work cut out!”
“Some plays are a laugh a minute – this one is several laughs a minute! We can’t wait to unleash the madcap characters on our audiences.”