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PATRICIA HODGE | STEVEN PACEY

Travels with My Aunt

Based on the novel by GRAHAM GREENE
Book by
RON COWEN and DANIEL LIPMAN
Music & Lyrics by
GEORGE STILES and ANTHONY DREWE

Minerva Theatre

Overview

 

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).

Cast & Creatives

Cast

Creative Team

Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman

Book

George Stiles & Anthony Drewe

Music & Lyrics

Christopher Luscombe

Director

Colin Falconer

Designer

Ewan Jones

Choreographer

Nicholas Skilbeck

Orchestrator

Tom Kelly

Co-Orchestrator

Mark Aspinall

Musical Director

Tim Mitchell

Lighting Designer

Paul Groothuis

Sound Designer

Gabrielle Dawes

Casting Director

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REVIEWS

★★★★
'If there’s such a thing as the perfect “Sunday night” musical, this is it. A club-class ticket to gentle, feel-good enjoyment.'

DAILY TELEGRAPH


'Christopher Luscombe directs the piece niftily and designer Colin Falconer shrewdly sets the action in and around a station waiting-room. Patricia Hodge mercifully puts the stress less on Aunt Augusta’s life-loving exuberance than on her cool stylishness and plays her with a worldly elegance that put me in mind of Madame Armfeldt in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Steven Pacey is also excellent as Henry, endowing the character with a buttoned-up, quietly chivalric decency.'

GUARDIAN


'This stunning musical adaptation of Graham Greene’s famous novel is a marvellous curtain-opener for this year’s season. Pacy, witty, stylish, the work bursts on to the imaginative space created at the Minerva. A wonderfully energetic ensemble ensure the pace never falters.'

SOUTHERN DAILY ECHO


'Redoubtable female roles are something of a hallmark of Chichester Festival Theatre. Patricia Hodge opening the 2016 summer season as Aunt Augusta in Travels With My Aunt proves that this seam of awe-inspiring female creations is far from being exhausted. She brings such warmth, humour and vitality to the role that her performance is nothing short of sensational.'

WEST SUSSEX COUNTY TIMES


'Catch this little British gem if you can, and be transported to the whimsical world of Aunt Augusta.'

HUFFINGTON POST

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Running Time
2 hours 30 minutes including an interval.