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Following a sell-out tour in 2012, The Original Theatre Company, producer of the current highly successful and critically acclaimed UK and Irish tour of BIRDSONG, is delighted to announce that, along with co-producer Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, it will be touring the UK once again with THREE MEN IN A BOAT in the 125th anniversary year of the publication of the beloved Jerome K Jerome book. The stage play is adapted and directed by Craig Gilbert and the tour will begin at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on 4 September.

In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life, three friends, J, Harris and George, accompanied by their faithful canine companion Montmorency, decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate. The holiday, however, quickly unravels and descends into chaos.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome's ripping yarn of youthful friendship, mischief and folly celebrates the very essence of Britishness. In Craig Gilbert's production, this classic tale of boating misadventure comes complete with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a lot of physical comedy.

Alastair Whatley, director of the Original Theatre Company, said, "Jerome K Jerome has been accused of writing the funniest book of all time. Now, 125 years later, it still has the power to make people laugh uncontrollably in public places. Craig Gilbert's adaptation also manages to make people laugh uncontrollably, but in the safety of a theatre."

The cast of THREE MEN IN A BOAT includes Anna Westlake, Tom Hackney and Alastair Whatley.

THREE MEN IN A BOAT has set design by Victoria Spearing, lighting by Alan Valentine, sound by Giles Thomas, movement by Matt Bugg and musical direction by Tim Van Eyken.

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Suitable for ages 11+


4 - 12 September -Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal

16 - 20 September -Truro Hall for Cornwall

23 - 27 September -Malvern Theatres

30 September - 4 October -Southampton Nuffield Theatre

14 - 18 October -Coventry Belgrade Theatre

21 - 25 October -Ipswich New Wolsey

27 - 28 October -Bracknell South Hill Park

29 - 30 October -Oldham Coliseum Theatre

31 October - 1 November -Basingstoke Haymarket Theatre

4 - 8 November -Exeter Northcott Theatre

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