Warkworth Theatre is back in action with a new comedy, Don’t Dress for Dinner, opening for a two-week run in early August.
With significant disruptions caused by Covid restrictions behind them, and preparations well underway for this their second performance of the year, the theatre group is breathing a sigh of relief.
Group director Rosie Hutchinson says with the eight shows of Roger Hall’s Four Flat Whites in Italy all sold out and 600 people coming through the doors for the recent performance, it was clear people were looking for some entertainment and a return to normality.
It had been a hard time for members of the production, who had originally been scheduled to perform in September 2021.
Producing a new show is a lot of work, and includes paying for the rights to the play. Fortunately, they were only charged once for those rights. Keeping the actors motivated was also hard as they were tired of relearning lines, she says.
Don’t Dress for Dinner is a comedy by French playwright Marc Camoletti and adapted by Robin Hawdon, and it will be on at the Warkworth Town Hall from August 5 to 13.
The comedy ran in London for six years and opened on Broadway in 2012.
The action covers a single weekend of mistaken identities and extra marital affairs, all happening at a frenetic pace.
Bernard hopes to send his wife Jacqueline off to her mother for the weekend so he can romance his model mistress, Suzanne, over a romantic catered dinner, inviting his friend Robert to dinner as an alibi.
But Jacqueline gets wind of the scheme and cancels her trip to her mother’s, with a mix up on who is the mistress and who is the caterer for the dinner, causing mayhem.
For performance times and bookings, visit www.wwtheatre.co.nz