An Absolute Turkey

by  Georges Feydeau, Nicki Frei

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 9f

Georges Feydeau, master of farce, displays all his tricks of the trade in this witty, seamless and acutely funny translation. An Absolute Turkey was a West End hit following its London premiere at the Globe Theatre in 1993.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 9f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Georges Feydeau's elegantly complex play is brought to life in this witty, seamless and acutely funny translation by Peter Hall and Nicki Frei. Feydeau, the supreme master of farce, displays all his dramatic tricks as his characters are pulled back and forth spinning dizzily in a surrealistic climax of complications. This translation of An Absolute Turkey (Le Dindon) received its London premiere at the Globe Theatre in December 1993.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

“This brilliantly paced beroom farce is an absolute triumph from start to finish. The witty, highly risque transalation sets the tone for an evening of frenzied Bacchanalian exuberance… [that is] enough to make you weep with laughter.” – Daily Express

“Rises to an inspired climactic crescendo of pandemonium and panic... A night of true escapist pleasure.” ­– Evening Standard

“In all of drama there is no chracters so busy and so petty, so frantic yet so absurd as the sex-obsessed men and women rattling roun Feydeau’s belle-epoque Paris… How artfully Feydeau raises our expectations and how splendidly he fulfills them.” – The London Times

“An unassailable masterpiece” – The Guardian

“A crowd-pleasing rib-tickler.” – What’s On

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI, 1900-1910, 19th Century
  • Setting: Paris
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

9m, 9f
LUCIENNE
PONTAGNAC
VATELIN
JEAN
REDILLON
MME. PONTAGNAC
MITZI
SOLDIGNAC
HOTEL MANAGER
CLARA
PINCHARD
MME. PINCHARD
INSPECTOR
SECOND INSPECTOR
GEROME
HOTEL GUESTS
OFFICERS
POLICEMEN
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Georges Feydeau

Georges Feydeau (1862 - 1921) was born in France to a well-known Parisian writer. He was influenced from a young age by prominent farcical authors such as Eugène Labiche and Henri Meilhac. His first significant international success, The Lady from Maxim's (La Dame de chez Maxim, 1899) and the monumental A Flea in Her E ...

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Nicki Frei

Nicki Frei

This translation of An Absolute Turkey (Georges Feydeau’s Le Dindon) received its London premiere at the Globe Theatre in London, England, in December 1993.

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