After being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this production brought some much-needed laughter to 2021.
Phillip Breen's production was originally due to play in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in 2020 but was postponed when theatres were closed for lockdown. The show was later reimagined for our temporary outdoor theatre, the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Garden Theatre, and was our first show with in-person audiences after the closure. It played in Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 2021, then went on a short tour before playing at the Barbican in London.
There was also a cast change during the run of the show, when Adrianna actor Hedydd Dylan was replaced by Naomi Sheldon as she went on maternity leave. Hedydd played Adrianna in Stratford-upon-Avon, then the pair shared the role during the tour, with Naomi taking over fully for the Barbican shows. The character was played as pregnant, adding an interesting new element to her relationship with her husband.
Download a PDF of the cast and creatives involved and watch a trailer for the show below, featuring audience responses and images from the production.