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By Terence Rattigan

Theatre Royal Bath

The second offering from the Theatre Royal Summer Season is a bright, brilliantly delivered comedy by Rattigan which delights the audience.

The action is set on the eve of his marriage to the beautiful Lady Elizabeth, where the Earl of Harpenden makes the mistake of allowing a drunken American Lieutenant to spend the night in his Albany apartment. Things start to go wrong the following morning in near farcical manner the issues of mistaken identity and general confusion allow for all manner of fun.

Immaculately staged and directed by Christopher Luscombe the cast are outstanding. Rob Heaps (The Earl of Harpenden) and Alexandra Dowling (Lady Elizabeth Dowling) make a picture perfect couple. Whilst Nicholas Bishop (Lt Colbert) and Rupert Young (Lt. Mulvaney) provide much humour in their confusion and attempts to repair the damage. Michael Cochrane (The Duke of Ayr and Stirling) is a commanding presence whilst Tamla Kari (Mabel Crum) ensures that a bit of wit and canny planning brings her safely out on top.

This is a fine production; the humour is well balanced with impeccable timing whilst the physical theatre set pieces resulting in an absolute treat.

A huge amount of fun and the evening rattles by at a great pace, well worth watching, another triumph for Theatre Royal Bath.

***** – 5 Stars

Petra Schofield