The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope

by  Ron House, Alan Shearman

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 2f

"Hilarious." - Variety
"A wacky, hysterical rather than historical farce from those manufacturers of mayhem." - Los Angeles Theatre & Entertainment Review
England, 1784. Sir Toby Trollope is to be hanged by King George III for tax evasion. Toby conspires to save his neck by marrying his imbecilic son Bartholomew to a rich young woman so that he can live off her father's wealth. What could possibly go wrong?

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The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope

by  Ron House Alan Shearman

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The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope

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    5m, 2f

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It's Tom Jones meets Monty Python in this rollicking comedy from the authors of Bullshot Crummond, El Grande de Coca Cola and Footlight Frenzy. The setting is England, 1784. Sir Toby Trollope is to be hanged by King George III for tax evasion. Toby conspires to save his neck by marrying his imbecilic son Bartholomew to a rich young woman so that he can live off her father's wealth. What could possibly go wrong? Plenty! They meet - and quickly offend - England's richest man, Sir Alex Hardegristle (who destroys anything he doesn't understand) and his beautiful but hallucinatory daughter, Fanny. The Hardegristle madness stems from 600 years of inbreeding. In fear of their lives, the Trollopes flee England on the HMS Bounty. In the ensuing mutiny, they are thrown overboard and into the middle of the Boston Tea Party. They now meet and are quickly swindled by John Hancock, a sleazy insurance salesman; Paul Revere, a fast talking pots and pans vendor hawking his latest invention, Reverware; and George Washington with his spring loaded wooden teeth. Events escalate to Lexington Green, where the Trollopes accidently spark off the American Revolution. But for these buffoons, American might have remained a peace loving British colony.
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Reviews

"Hilarious." - Variety

"A wacky, hysterical rather than historical farce from those manufacturers of mayhem." - Los Angeles Theatre & Entertainment Review

"A must see laugh riot." - Albany Times

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

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  • Setting: England, 1784. Trollope Manor, a turnpike, Hardegrsitle Hall, the high seas, Boston Harbor, the Governor's Mansion, Buckman Tavern.

Casting

5m, 2f
ACTOR #1 - Sir Toby Trollope
ACTOR #2 - Bartholomew Trollope,Governor's Ball Guest, Charles de Ponce
ACTOR #3 - Highwayman, Lady Henrietta Pettifogg-Leafe, Colonial Demonstrator, Prudence Revere
ACTOR #4 - Barber's Wife, Fanny Hardegristle, Harriet Revere, Colonial Demonstrator, Governor's Ball Guest, Sally Smacker
ACTOR #5 - Stagecoach Driver, Major Jonathan Pitcairn, Fletcher Christian, Benedict Arnold, Paul Revere, Governor's Ball Guest
ACTOR #6 - Barber Throttle, Bishop of Norwich, John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Governor Percival Pettifogg-Leafe, John "Pegleg" Buckman
ACTOR #7 - King's Messenger, General Sir Arexander Hardegristle, Colonial Demonstrator, George Washington, Governor's Ball Guest
PLUS - 5 Governor's Ball Guest Dummies (inflatable dolls/balloons)
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Casting Notes

The play is designed for a minimum cast of 5 men and 2 women. May be done with as many as 25 actors.

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Authors

Ron House

Ron House started his theatrical career as member of the 2nd City Company in his native Chicago. He then moved to Europe where he lived in Rome followed by Barcelona and finally London, where he founded “Low Moan Spectacular”, the London underground Theatre Company that was responsible for Off Broad ...

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Alan Shearman

Alan Shearman

The Scandalous Adventures of Sir Toby Trollope was first presented as a work-in-progress at the University of Southern Maine Summer Theatre, under artistic director Walter Stump, on July 21, 1988. It was direc ted by Stephen Rothman. The play received its World Premiere at the San Diego Repertory Theatre, under producing director Sam Woodhouse and artistic director Douglas Jacobs, on July 26, 1989. It was directed by Stephen Rothman.

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