Make a date with Charley's Aunt

PUBLISHED: 15:21 17 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 May 2010

MISTAKEN identity, cross-dressing, deranged uncles and ravishing young ladies in Edwardian England are all part of a new production of a comedy classic. Charley's Aunt is directed by Mel Smith, best known for being one half of the comedy duo Smith and Jon

MISTAKEN identity, cross-dressing, deranged uncles and ravishing young ladies in Edwardian England are all part of a new production of a comedy classic.Charley's Aunt is directed by Mel Smith, best known for being one half of the comedy duo Smith and Jones, while the cast includes Stephen Tomkinson, star of TV shows Wild at Heart, Ballykissangel and Ted and Alice.Set in Oxford in 1908, undergraduates Jack and Charles are smitten by two most delightful young ladies, Kitty and Amy. The problem is that they cannot spend any time alone together unless there is a female chaperone present. When the arrival of Jack's mysterious but wealthy aunt Donna is delayed, Jack and Charles find themselves without the required chaperone. Desperate not to miss the chance to see Amy and Kitty, Jack comes up with a cunning plan and persuades fellow student and aspiring thespian Lord Fancourt Babberley (Tomkinson) to impersonate Charley's aunt.Flirting with the young ladies when he is supposed to be acting as a chaperone amuses Lord Fancourt, but he soon gets more than he bargained for when he has to fend off the attentions of Jack's father. Then, the real Donna decides to surprise her nephew by arriving in Oxford unannounced, and things simply go from bad to worse for Jack and Charles.Charley's Aunt will be staged at the Theatre Royal, Bath, from January 30- February 3.Tickets, priced £14-£28.50, are available from the box office on 01225 448844.

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