Old Vic reopens with high-speed comic affair

PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 August 2012

Wild Oats.

Wild Oats.

Bristol Old Vic

JOHN O’Keeffe’s Wild Oats will be the production to reopen the Bristol Old Vic after an 18-month refurbishment.

The comic affair is a high-speed barrel through the lives of a dysfunctional band of friends, foes and family which serves as a heartfelt love letter to theatre itself.

John O’Keeffe’s caper of mistaken identity and confusion is a classic romp of a comedy, directed by Mark Rosenblatt – who is making his Bristol Old Vic debut.

The show follows actor Jack Rover, who is committed, quick-witted and capable of slipping into a new identity with just an arc of an eyebrow. The trouble is, there’s one character he hasn’t quite mastered - his own.

The charismatic, Shakespeare-spouting Rover lurches between places and people, falling in love, pulling pranks and tumbling over relations he never knew he had.

The full cast has now been revealed for the production and includes Sam Alexander, as Jack Rover, Cornelius Booth as Lamp/Banks, Philip Bird taking the role of Ephraim Smooth and Jo Herbert as Lady Amaranth, to name just a few.

This reopening will allow audiences to see the transformation of the Georgian auditorium, Paintshop and back-stage areas to create a 21st century home for theatre-goers.

The show will be at the theatre from September 4 to October 20 with showings at 7pm. Tickets, priced £8-28, are available from the box office on 0117 9877877.

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