Anniversary classic from Civic Players

THE Civic Players of Yeovil return to the stage at the Swan this week, just in time to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

After a Covid-enforced break, the company is delighted to be able to mark the occasion with a production of Marc Camoletti and Robin Hawdon’s classic farce Don’t Dress For Dinner, on stage from Tuesday 30th November to Saturday 3rd December. Co-director Chantelle Souttar says it is just the tonic the public needs.  “This has been an horrendous couple of years, and so we want to give our audiences nothing more than an entertaining evening, to make them laugh and send them home happy. I think we all need that at the moment!”

Don’t Dress For Dinner combines mistaken identities, convoluted schemes, infidelity and witty dialogue as Bernard, plans a romantic weekend with his chic mistress while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu chef to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, to provide the alibi. What could possibly go wrong?

Well … suppose Robert doesn’t realise quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the chef has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi gets confused with everyone else’s.

The way is clear for an evening of hilarious confusion and inspired, breakneck improvisation.

Civic Players, formed in 1971, have built and enviable reputation for the quality of their award-winning productions, especially comedies, and their exceptional sets. Chairman Andy Meadows believes that this makes Don’t Dress For Dinner the perfect anniversary choice.

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