Charley's Aunt

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Once the record-holder for the longest running play worldwide, the highly entertaining Charley s Aunt has been translated and adapted numerous times into operas, movies, TV films, and musical plays. Gary Peterson has now skillfully adapted this fantastic farce into a highly accessible, easy-to-understand one act that retains all the humor while shortening the running time to under an hour.

Victorian-era university students Jack and Charley are both in love and plan to propose to their respective girlfriends, Kitty and Amy. They invite the girls over to meet Charley s millionaire aunt, Donna Lucia d Alvadorez of Brazil, who just happens to be planning to visit Charley for the first time.

But when the aunt cancels at the last minute, the boys enlist feckless friend and fellow Oxford student, Fancourt Babbs Babberly dressed in costume as a woman for an amateur play to impersonate Charley s aunt and clear the way for the boys marriage proposals.

Soon, however, Babbs as Charley s aunt finds himself juggling fawning admirers Kitty and Amy, along with the fortune-driven advances of two would-be suitors. When the real Donna Lucia comes to town incognito to check up on her nephew, hilarious hijinks and cat-and-mouse fun ensue!

PublisherPioneer Drama Service
CategoryMixed 1 Act
AuthorGary Peterson
Music Byn/a
Duration50 minutes
Adapted Byfrom the original Farce
Based Onn/a
Setsimple interior and exterior
Royalty PlayPioneer Drama
Sale Price$18.50 (excl. GST and postage)
Our reference56114

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