THARK PARK THEATRE CAST
These are happy days for farce fanciers. This time it is Cherry, who has escaped along the balcony from the adjoining bedroom, where she was disturbed by a mysterious figure. Even in this adapted version of the play by Clive Francis, the plot creaks a bit but the silly ass crosstalk routines are a delight. Ralph Lynn”, The Times , 10 August , p. Lady Benbow and Kitty jump to more-or-less correct conclusions. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Ronny is leaving with the supposed Mrs Frush when the real one is shown in.
Benbow and Ronny are drinking port after a good dinner. They have arrived by car, and do not know which bedrooms have been allotted to them. They all stand aghast.
The play opened on 4 July and ran for performances until 16 June They withdraw, closing the door with a click that wakes Ronny from an uneasy sleep. One is with Mrs Frush, who is now unhappy about buying the house; the other is with Cherry Buck, a young woman on whom Benbow’s roving eye has lighted.
The story concerns a reputedly haunted English country cwst.
I particularly liked the moment when Ronny labours under the misapprehension that his aunt wants to know what flowers are and responds by declaring: A precarious domestic harmony is restored. There is a gem of a performance, too, from Andrew Jarvis as the creepy butler in the haunted house who rejoices in the oark of Death and has an extraordinary repertoire of groans, sighs and sudden disconcerting hisses.
Ronny insists on accompanying her. The BBC has televised three productions of the play. Ronny is so distraught that he accidentally knocks over a gong, rousing the whole household.
Travers wrote the screenplay, and Walls, Lynn, Hare and Brough prk their old stage roles.
This page was last edited on 13 Decemberat They are both taken aback by Mrs Frush’s butler, whom she calls “Jones”, but whose real name is Death; his looks and manner are sinister in the extreme. Ronny and his uncle are sleeping uncomfortably in a small double bed. Lionel has announced to his mother his intention of returning to Thark that evening.
Thark was Travers’s third playscript for the company, and his first original plot, following two earlier adaptations from theatree novels. Ralph Lynn”, The Times10 Augustp. Mrs Frush’s son Lionel falls for Kitty, exchanges barbed banter with Ronny, and rushes off to buy flowers for Kitty. Home at the National Theatre. It starred the same cast members as many of the other Aldwych farces.
A minute or so later Hook rushes downstairs in a great fright. Uncle and nephew are left alone once more, but are disturbed yet again, this time by noises from beneath the bed. The Times praised the performances but thought the play too unsubstantial to be cst satisfactory, although it found it “full of entertaining fragments”. Thzrk is Whittle, who has sneaked back in and concealed himself. Benbow, armed, goes to investigate. Technically, the piece is brilliant, but the play examines its characters as if they were viruses in a test tube.
Lionel and Cherry creep in. Cats he opens the curtains there is an enormous clap of thunder, pictures are blown off the walls, and a huge branch of a tree falls through the window-panes.
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Sunday 24 February Ronny sends Hook to bring Cherry back to the flat to explain to Kitty that Ronny is innocent. Investigators and frightened occupants of the house spend a tense night searching for the ghost. Travers made a film adaptation, which Walls directed inwith most of the leading members of the stage cast reprising their roles. They are wakened once more by rapping at the window. This time it is Cherry, who has escaped along the balcony from the adjoining bedroom, where she was disturbed by a mysterious figure.
Mrs Frush arrives and complains to Benbow that she has bought the house without being warned that it is haunted. Uncle and nephew are interrupted by the entrance of Whittle, an investigative journalist eager to pursue the story of the haunted house. Read more theatre reviews.
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It is fascinating to compare the two. Travers, in contrast, though less dazzling when it comes to plotting, brings a dotty warmth to the stage thaek this play which puts one in mind of PG Wodehouse. Owing to a misunderstanding with his butler, Hook, and maid, Warner, Benbow has two conflicting dinner dates. Once again the entire household rushes through the bedroom door.
And the play becomes wonderfully funny in the second half when the characters repair to a haunted house in the country and Ronny and his Uncle have to share a bed together to see if there really is a ghost hanging around the place.
Walls and his team had already enjoyed three substantial hits at the Aldwych, with It Pays to Advertisewhich had run for performances; A Cuckoo in the Nestperformances ; and Rookery Nookperformances.