Oh la la! French farce with Feydeau at London’s Tabard Theatre

a flea in her ear

Georges Feydeau’s glorious mad French farce A Flea in Her Ear opens at London’s Tabard Theatre tomorrow night in a fresh new adaptation by Sacha Bush.

Directed with Gallic flair by Alex Sutton (Tête à Tête Opera Festival and Grimeborn Festival) be ready for a riotous tale of suspicious spouses, crossed wires and physical comedy.

To test her husband’s fidelity, Raymonde Chandebise sends a letter from a ‘secret’ admirer suggesting a romantic tryst at a local hotel. What follows is a string of outrageously frenzied mix-ups as mistaken identities spiral out of control.

Georges Feydeau was a French playwright during the era known as the Belle Époque. He wrote over 60 plays, with A Flea in Her Ear, written in 1907, widely regarded as his most famous. His farces are still regularly performed today.

This new, upbeat, adaptation returns to the roots of the original French script, infusing this classic comedy with pacey, modern energy.

Alex Sutton brings his penchant for musical and physical comedy to the work, including slapstick clowning and gender-bending cross-dressing. The cast includes Dominic Brewer (The Lion King, West End; Titanic, Southwark Playhouse) and Rachel Dawson (Les Enfant Terribles).

A must for fans of Feydeau and a delight for those who’ve never seen it before, this wonderfully silly, hugely enjoyable farce promises an exhilaratingly funny evening of whirlwind insanity.

A Flea In Her Ear runs at the Tabard Theatre until April 23.

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