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Charley's Aunt - Full Length Play, Comedy

Charley's Aunt

Brandon Thomas

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Full Length Play, Comedy

6m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573606922

Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil, "where the nuts come from". Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? The prob…
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Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Farce

Time Period - Victorian (British and American), 19th Century

Settings Of Play - Commemoration Week, Oxford, 1892

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Cutting Approved for Competition, UIL Approved, Competition or audition material

Period Costumes

TAGS

Love, Marriage

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage

Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil, "where the nuts come from". Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? The problem is solved by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig. As "Charley's Aunt", this charming frump is introduced to the ladies, to Jack's father and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy's guardian. When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues as Fancourt Babberley, posing as "Charley's Aunt", tricks Spettigue into agreeing to the marriage of his ward, the real aunt marries Jack's father, Jack gets Miss Verdun, and Fanny Babs regains the fortune he lost at gambling as well as the girl he loves.
Charley's Aunt was first produced at the Royalty Theatre in London on October 21, 1892. It premiered in New York City at the Standard Theatre on October 2, 1894.
Characters

CASTING

6m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Drag performance

COLONEL SIR FRANCIS CHESNEY, BART
STEPHEN SPETTIGUE - solicitor at Oxford
JACK CHESNEY - undergraduate at St. Olde's College, Oxford
CHARLEY WYKEHAM - undergraduate at St. Olde's College, Oxford
LORD FANCOURT BABBERLEY - undergraduate at St. Olde's College, Oxford
BRASSETT - a college scout
DONNA LUCIA D'ALVADOREZ - from Brasil
AMY SPETTIGUE - Stephen Spettigue's neice
KITTY VERDUN - Stephen Spettigue's ward
ELA DELAHAY - an orphan
Rental Materials

MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

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Reviews
Mary Gillmore 9/27/2015 3:15 PM
This is a delightful play that is great for high school students and college students to perform.  It takes a great deal of energy both from the students and the director but is well worth the effort. Some of the stage directions are a bit quirky and may need to be adjusted to work on your stage. i agree with the previous review with regard to the tea service scene-one of the funniest written and truly a classic! But there are several other humorous, nearly slap-stick comic bits that will keep the audience in tears of mirth if done correctly!
Jeffrey Greene 12/27/2014 8:04 AM
Charley's Aunt is a great comedy exercise. If one can fully follow the staging directions, plus add a bit of
one's own creativity to the play, it is an excellent comedic play. A learning tool for high school and
college students alike, The tea service scene, if performed as it should is one of the funniest scenes
written.
Carla James 1/6/2014 10:13 AM
The possibilities for comic staging with this script make it a fun project for my students.  Also, the challenge of accents and style create a good learning curve.  The extensive and complex stage directions make for a dense read that might defeat a reader. However, if one can wade through that first reading, they will see that the dialogue and the situations are timelessly funny--the play makes me laugh.

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