A Night in Provence
by Robin Hawdon
Full Length Play, Comedy / 3m, 3f
"Now this admirable dinner theatre is reducing audiences to helpless laughter once more with this consistently entertaining playwright's latest work [...] makes for a great night out." – Oxford Times
Not a farce, but a true comedy of manners, and as such requires genuine character performances. Hugely successful premieres in the UK and the USA.
Ah, Provence! The French Riviera. Where the well-to-do rent luxury villas for exorbitant sums in order to get their annual fix of sun, sea, and haute cuisine. However, imagine the crisis if one such sumptuous place was double-booked. Worse – imagine it triple-booked! By a French couple, an English couple, and heaven forbid, an Irish/American couple. Marriages have foundered on less. Add copious champagne, heightened sexual impulses, and ingrained cultural differences, and the European Union could well implode! The USA and Europe have seen many comedies by Robin Hawdon, but none to threaten international relations on this scale.
"Now this admirable dinner theatre is reducing audiences to helpless laughter once more with this consistently entertaining playwright's latest work [...] makes for a great night out. – Oxford Times
"Chaos, banter, and sexually charged jokes ensue when three couples clash at a holiday villa in Provence [...] This fast-paced romp was a joy to watch from start to finish [...] A wonderful way to spice up a chilly evening." – Wokingham Times
"An overcrowded French holiday villa makes for a houseful of laughs [...] Robin Hawdon keeps the sexual frisson simmering in one of the Mill's unqualified successes [...]" – Reading Evening Post
"[...] The audience's delight at the unpredictable final scene indicates the ultimate success of this fast moving comedy [...] A thoroughly enjoyable evening at the theatre." – Henley Standard
"Robin Hawdon's latest comedy is ideal fare to cheer us up now the darker nights are here [...] The sparkling dialogue is guaranteed to ensure the peals of laughter will last through to the end of the run." – Reading Chronicle
"There is nothing quite like a frothy, amusing tale to send you out of the theatre feeling good, and Robin Hawdon's new comedy does just that. Inspired by the pros and cons of the European Union [...] nothing short of brilliant [...] bringing together three couples sharing a glamorous location overlooking the sea [...] where sun, wine, and skinny dipping under the moon has its effect." – The Stage
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $100 per performance
- Time Period: Contemporary
- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: The main living area of a traditional affluent holiday home in the south of France.
- Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
JUDY – his wife
SHAUN – an Irishman
MOIRA – his wife
MAURICE – a Parisian
YVETTE – his wife
- Ensemble cast
The author has no objection if American producers wish to make Shaun and Moira American or Irish-American, rather than Irish. Al characters are in their late thirties to early forties.
A Night in Provence was first presented by the Mill at Sonning Dinner Theater in Reading, England, in October 2007 and in Paris at the Michodiere Theatre in 2012.