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There Goes the Bride - Full Length Play, Comedy

There Goes the Bride

John Chapman, Ray Cooney, John Chapman

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Full Length Play, Comedy

4m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573617232

"Had the audience gurgling with delight." - The London Sunday Times

"I found myself surrendering to the ceaseless bombardment of familiar nonsense laughing outright." - London Daily Mail

"A fiendishly clever farce that gets …

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Full Length Play

Comedy

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An extremely funny play about a young girl's forthcoming marriage and attitudes about premarital sex. Excerpts from the London reviews and the critics reaction can best describe this farce.
"Had the audience gurgling with delight." - The London Sunday Times

"I found myself surrendering to the ceaseless bombardment of familiar nonsense laughing outright." - London Daily Mail

"A fiendishly clever farce that gets madder and funnier as it goes along...Has pace, precision and wit." - London Daily Mirror

Characters

CASTING

4m, 4f

Ursula Westerby – 40s

Judy Westerby – 20s

Dr. Gerald Drimmond – Late 60s

Timothy Westerby – 40s

Bill Shorter – Late 40s

Daphne Drimmond – Late 60s

Polly Perkins – 22

Charles Babcock – 50s

Song Samples

Ray Cooney's Interview for Dave's Gone By

Author(s)
Ray Cooney

Ray Cooney

Ray Cooney began his theatrical career as a boy actor in Song of Norway at the Palace Theatre in 1946. He played in Dry Rot and Simple Spymen and then began a writing career which, to date, has sent eighteen plays to the West End including One for the Pot, Not Now Darling,Move Over Mrs. Markham, and There Goes the Bride, Chase My Comrade, Why Not Stay for Breakfast, Wife Begins at Forty, Run for ... view full profile

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Pamela Ciochetti 10/22/2014 5:53 PM
This is a classic English farce with the usual stock characters:  a deaf grandfather, an amnesiac, a frustrated wife, a battle-ax grandma, an irate father of the groom, the "normal"l friend, a temperamental bride-to-be  and a young flapper from the 20's who's a ghost.  Written in the early 1970's, the script is a bit dated in places, but otherwise, it works well.   It would probably be considered "a light bit of fluff" by most critics and theatre-folk, but it still requires skilled acting and directing to pull it off well. Good singing skills are required of the actors playing the flapper and the father of the bride (the amnesiac).   Evenly balanced cast with 4 men and 4 women, with the bride and the flapper being the youngest, everyone else should be 40 or over.  It's a great show for Community Theatre companies, who often need to consider things which might be offensive to their audiences.  No foul language, nudity, or overt sexuality.  The bride's mother is trying to keep the fact of her daughter's having slept with her fiancé before the wedding a secret from the bride's father.  Wow.  Heavy stuff.   The play IS English, and best done with English accents, if the actors can manage it, but would probably work as well without them.
I enjoyed reading it, actually laughing out loud at some of the jokes and lines.  If done well, it could be a very entertaining piece of theatre.

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