A club-class ticket to gentle, feel-good enjoyment.Daily Telegraph
‘The more you travel, the more you discover the world’s not as big as you thought.’
Retired bank manager Henry Pulling is happy alone with his dahlias. Until, at his mother’s funeral, he meets his only living relative, the decidedly bohemian Aunt Augusta. After she’s rattled the family skeletons, she suggests the pair flee to Europe. Henry is reluctant, but Aunt Augusta is nothing if not persuasive.
Through Paris and Istanbul and on to South America, Henry soon finds himself in a luxurious whirl of glamorous flight attendants, chic hotel suites and a particularly fine couchette on the Orient Express. But alongside the romance and first-class thrills, there’s still a lot Henry doesn’t know about his aunt. Particularly how she’s paying for the high life, and why she has so many grateful men dotted around the globe.
Based on Graham Greene’s celebrated novel, this sparkling new musical written by Emmy Award-winners Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman (Betty Blue Eyes) boasts a deliciously witty score by the Olivier Award-winning team of George Stiles and Anthony Drewe (Mary Poppins, Honk! and Half A Sixpence for Festival 2016). Christopher Luscombe also directs the RSC’s Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing during Festival 2016. His previous work includes The Merry Wives of Windsor for Shakespeare’s Globe and Nell Gwynn in the West End.
Patricia Hodge plays Aunt Augusta. Her long association with Chichester began in 1981 in The Mitford Girls, then Rosalind in As You Like It (1983) and, more recently, in The Calendar Girls (2008). Steven Pacey returns to Chichester to play Henry. His previous appearances include Blithe Spirit (1997) and Kent in King Lear (2013).