Don't Dress for Dinner

by  Marc Camoletti, Robin Hawdon

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 3f

This boulevard comedy was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six years at the Apollo and Duchess Theatres. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English speaking world and is due for revival in London in 2013.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

This boulevard comedy was a smash hit in Paris, where it played for over two years, and in London, where it ran for six years at the Apollo and Duchess Theatres. It has since played in theatres all over the USA and the English speaking world and is due for revival in London in 2013.

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too to provide the alibi. It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well.... suppose Robert turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the mistress and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

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Reviews

"Hurtling along at the speed of light, [this] breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention." - Guardian

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Keywords

Friendship, Love, Marriage

Considerations

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 3f

BERNARD- Jacqueline's husband, handsome businessman, flirtatious, dapper, self-assured, country gentleman, British accent.

JACQUELINE- Bernard's wife, lovely, assertive, romantic, intelligent, a beautiful modern woman, British accent.

ROBERT- Bernard's friend and Jacqueline's lover, handsome, reserved, seems lika an all-around nice guy but is a scoundrel, British accent.

SUZETTE- The cook, friendly, working class, funny, great body, a swan beneath the duckling exterior, French accent.

SUZANNE- Bernard's mistress, a fashion model with a great body, chic, stylish, easily flustered, British accent.

GEORGES- Suzette's husband, big, strong, protective of Suzette, not one to indulge in fooling around French accent.

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Authors

Marc Camoletti

Marc Camoletti (1923-2003) authored more than 40 plays and became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in France. Boeing-Boeing, his first major international success, ran for seven years and 2000 performances in its debut London production. It became the Guinness Book of Records

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Robin Hawdon

Robin Hawdon British playwright especially known for the popularity of his comedies. Mr. Hawdon’s plays are amongst the most frequently produced around the world – his name is as well known abroad as in his native Great Britain. Many of his plays are published by Samuel French. Over recent years his plays have app ...

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