Phil Porter lovingly rips off Plautus for RSC Vice Versa farce

Felix Hayes and Sophia Nomvete are to star in Phil Porter’s the madcap comedy, Vice Versa (or the Decline and Fall of General Braggadocio at the hands of his canny servant Dexter and Terence the monkey) in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Swan Theatre this spring.

A wily servant and a pair of wronged young lovers team up to bamboozle a pompous general in this riotous new farce that has been lovingly ripped off from the plays of Plautus.

Dodgy disguises, comic capers and a talking monkey create pandemonium as the tricksters try to save the girl, free the servant and live to tell the tale.

Phil Porter’s previous plays for the RSC include The Christmas Truce (2014) and A Mad World My Masters (2013).

Felix Hayes returns to play General Braggadocio having last been at the RSC in 2012. His other credits include playing Mr. Rochester in Jane Eyre (National Theatre/Tour).

Playing his servant, Dexter, is Sophia Nomvete. Her credits include The Color Purple (Menier Chocolate Factory) and As You Like It (Shakespeare’s Globe).

They are joined by Kim Hartman who makes her RSC debut playing Climax. She is most well known for playing Private Helga Geerhart in the classic TV series ‘Allo ‘Allo and went on to tour the UK, New Zealand and Australia in the stage show.

More recently, Kim played the headmistress in the UK tour of Daisy Pulls It Off, and, for the previous three years, she played Mrs Rawlinson in BBC’s Grange Hill.

Further casting: Ellie Beaven, Nicholas Day, Bally Gill, Laura Kirman, Steven Kynman, Geoffrey Lumb, Byron Mondahl, Esther Niles, Harriet Slater, Katherine Toy, Jon Trenchard and Johnson Willis.

Vice Versa, directed by Janice Honeyman, runs in repertoire, in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, from May 11-September 9.

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