A proper Charley

PUBLISHED: 10:18 04 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:49 24 May 2010

A CLASSIC piece of English comedy will be performed on stage for four nights in Weston this month. Charley's Aunt, one of the finest examples of classical comical farce ever written, will be running at The Playhouse from September 13-16. The play was writ

A CLASSIC piece of English comedy will be performed on stage for four nights in Weston this month.Charley's Aunt, one of the finest examples of classical comical farce ever written, will be running at The Playhouse from September 13-16.The play was written at the end of the 19th Century and since its debut in London in 1892, it has been performed around the world.Set in an Oxford College in 1892, the plot centres around three undergraduates - Charles Wykeham, Jack Chesney and Lord Fancourt Babberly. Charley's aunt from Brazil has been extremely good to her nephew, putting him through school and university, so when she telegrams to say she is coming to Oxford to take luncheon with him Charley is delighted, not least because it means he and his friend Jack can also ask their young ladies to their rooms for tea, as Charley's aunt Donna Lucia would be chaperoning them. However, the wealthy aunt sends word that she will have to defer her visit for a few days, leaving Charley and Jack without the chaperone the ladies need for the visit to be allowed. Desperate for the visit to go ahead, but not wanting to attract the scandal and social impropriety of an unchaperoned visit, Charley and Jack cajole fellow student Lord Babberly to don women's clothing and impersonate the doting aunt. Needless to say, not all goes as planned, and all sorts of impossible and hilarious situations arise from the masquerade.The show starts at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £9, are available from the box office on 01934 645544.

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