The Old Library, 20, Church Road, Northenden, Manchester M22 4WL
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NORTHENDEN ARTS FESTIVAL
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It is the summer of 1953, George & Charlotte Hay, formerly a couple of Broadway stars, take their run-down touring company to Buffalo, New York. In Buffalo they have the intention of running “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” in repertory, all the while grumbling about missed Hollywood opportunities. On-stage harmony is compromised when George performs an off-stage infidelity, impregnating the company’s ingenue. When Charlotte learns of this, she prepares to run away with the family lawyer, sending lightweight George on a grief-stricken drinking binge. It turns out that Frank Capra is headed to town on a talent scouting mission looking to hire the couple for his swashbuckling epic. As a result, the Hay family including scornful, deaf mother in law Ethel, determinedly practical daughter Rosalind, and dashing actor Paul, Rosalind’s ex-boyfriend must work overtime to get sloppy drunk George into his Cyrano hat and nose…. or is it his Elyot Chase smoking jacket? With the entrance of Rosalind’s fiance, anxious TV weatherman Howard one man with two mistaken identities and Richard Maynard, the wealthy lawyer hoping to lure Charlotte away to his mansion the confusion only intensifies. With a plethora of pratfalls, slamming doors aplenty, and backstage shenanigans.
Arthur Miller’s play is set in 1950s America, in an Italian-American neighborhood near the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. It employs a chorus and narrator in the character of Alfieri. Eddie, the tragic protagonist, has an improper love of, and almost obsession with, Catherine, his wife Beatrice's orphaned niece, so he does not approve of her courtship of Beatrice's cousin Rodolpho.
PLAY : Performance Starting Times:
Sunday’s 7:00pm all other nights at 7:30pm
All productions now have an extra night’s performance on a Monday evening.
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