The One That Got Away
by Georges Feydeau, translated by Kenneth McLeish
Directed by Laurence Boswell
12th November – 19th December 2015
The Ustinov Studio’s Autumn Season of French Farce continues next month with THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, an uproarious comedy from the master of farce, Georges Feydeau, directed by Laurence Boswell.
Monsieur Duchotel, a Parisienne businessman, has a roving eye and a lust for… fishing trips. It turns out that he has been casting his line in unchartered waters, and he’s not the only one. His best friend, Dr Moricet has a passion for poetry and a longing for Leontine, Duchotel’s beautiful and trusting wife. Then there’s Gontran, Duchotel’s randy young nephew who’s always after a handout, and Madame Latour, a concierge who was once a countess married to a lion tamer! Behind the shutters of 40 Rue d’Athenes, Dr Moricet’s love nest becomes the venue for a whole shoal of illicit rendez-vous, ridiculous cover stories and bungling policemen. As doors slam, would-be lovers hide in closets and men find their trousers around their ankles, this glorious concoction with have the audience hooked!
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY sees the return of two Ustinov favourites – Frances McNamee (Leontine) starred in the Ustinov’s very first season of Spanish Golden Age plays in 2011, and returned in 2013’s Spanish season; and Richard Clothier who first appeared in 2012’s Fifty Words, and has since returned in Play Strindberg and The Mother, plays Doctor Moricet.
Joseph Alessi, who plays Duchotel, appeared at the Theatre Royal in Brief Encounter, which also toured to Broadway, and has appeared alongside Elaine Paige in The Drowsy Chaperone in the West End. Victoria Wicks (Madame Latour) spent eight years playing newscaster Sally Smedley on the award-winning Channel 4 comedy Drop The Dead Donkey. Other notable TV credits include three series of Skins (E4), Sherlock (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC) and Poirot (ITV), and she is currently filming four episodes of Glue(E4). Victoria also played the role of Caroline alongside Colin Firth in the feature What A Girl Wants, and filmed the role of Miriam inHigh Rise opposite Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller, which will be released this year.
The cast is completed by Stephen Ventura whose numerous stage roles have included appearances with the RSC, National Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Chichester Festival Theatre; Eliza Collings, who graduated from the Bristol Old Vic, where she was highlighted as ‘One to Watch’ by The Stage, and has since appeared at the Manchester Royal Exchange; Toby Longworth, a highly respected voiceover artist whose voice has featured in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Star Wars – the Phantom Menace and Dr Who, and theatre appearances include Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC); and Oscar Batterham, who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama earlier this year.
Laurence Boswell is the Artistic Director of the Ustinov Studio where he “has decisively established Bath’s Ustinov Studio as a powerhouse” (Independent). His work at the Ustinov Studio has included The Vibrator Play, The Spanish Golden Age Seasons, Intimate Apparel, Exit the King and The Mother.
Photos by Simon Annand