Jonathan Dryden Taylor - While The Sun Shines
Wed, 13 Jul 2016
JONATHAN DRYDEN TAYLOR opens as Horton tonight in WHILE THE SUN SHINES at the Theatre Royal Bath.
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On the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Lady Elizabeth, the Earl of Harpenden makes the mistake of allowing a drunken Lueitenant to spend the night in his Albany apartment.
Things start to go wrong the following morning when the Earl arranges a little female company for his charming and mischievous guest in the form of Mabel Crum, a former girlfriend with a penchant for Americans...but it is his fiancée, Lady Elizabeth, who turns up at the flat!
Add into the mix Colbert, a young French officer who also fancies his chances with Elizabeth, and her garrulous father, an inveterate gambler, and the stage is set for hilarious confusion.
In this flurry of crossed-wires and mistaken identities Rattigan shows himself to be a master farceur.
While the Sun Shines ran for over one thousand performances in the West End in the early 1940s, before transferring to Broadway. The leading critic of the day, James Agate, described it as “delightful, a little masterpiece of tingling impertinence”.