The Doppel Gang, a new comedy by Dominic Hedges which explores the wild wit of comedy icons, The Marx Brothers, opens at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre next week.
Presented by Just Some Theatre Company, The Doppel Gang is set in the London Blitz. As the capital is savaged by the Nazi bombing raids, a hopeless theatre manager persuades a desperate double act, and a not-so-convincing male impersonator, to join him in an audacious stunt impersonating The Marx Brothers.
With one last roll of the dice, this group of entertainers battle to save the theatre from closure and raise the morale of Londoners.
The curtain is about to rise, but so are the stakes, as an bizarre series of revelations sparks off an unexpected chain of events. Will anyone believe they are the real Marx Brothers?
Cast: Jake Urry, Jordan Moore, Peter Stone and Rachel Hartley.
Playwright Dominic Hedges said: “There are so many similarities between our comedy and that of our American cousins.
“We both think we’re hilarious and we both think we’re smarter than one another – Groucho Marx’s lightning wit versus Eric Morecambe’s wry asides for instance.
“I guess I’ve tried to pit us up against them, all the while hiding ourselves from the horrible reality of our Second World War surroundings. It’s as though the faster we talk, the less real life is”
Jake Urry and Peter Stone, of Just Some Theatre, added: “We are thrilled to be bringing The Doppel Gang to London.
“The show is packed with energy, featuring a cast of lovable rogues and their badly devised scheme to impersonate the Marx Brothers in pursuit of a quick buck.
“The Doppel Gang appeals to lovers of classic comedy, old theatre tradition and good old sarcastic, British humour – and of course The Marx Brothers!”
The Doppel Gang runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre from Tuesday until February 11.