Wick Theatre breathes new life into a bitter-sweet comic masterpiece

S09731H13 David Peaty, Graham Till, Bob Ryder and Maggi Pearce in Wick Theatre Company's The Waltz of the Toreadors
S09731H13 David Peaty, Graham Till, Bob Ryder and Maggi Pearce in Wick Theatre Company's The Waltz of the Toreadors

A FARCICAL comedy that will take you up and down the emotional scale comes to the Barn Theatre, Southwick, next week.

Wick Theatre Company presents Jean Anouilh’s bitter-sweet comic masterpiece, The Waltz of the Toreadors, from Wednesday, March 6, to Saturday, March 9, at 7.45pm daily.

Directed by Caroline Woodley, it swings from pathos and extreme comedy to cringing irony.

The Waltz of the Toreadors is one of Anouilh’s best-known works, thanks to a Peter Sellers film, but Wick Theatre promises to breathe new life into the script, with a new and lively translation by Ranjit Bolt, first staged at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007.

Written in 1951, this hilarious farce is set in 1910 France.

The story focuses on General Léon Saint-Pé and his infatuation with Ghislaine, a woman with whom he danced at a garrison ball some 17 years earlier – the band played Waltz of the Toreadors and the sparks flew.

Now faced with the reality of retirement, his hypochondriac wife, his paunch growing and his midlife crisis consuming his life, the General finds himself lost in the fond memory of his old flirtation.

When Ghislaine suddenly reappears, he is delighted – until he finds himself competing for her hand with a considerably younger suitor, Gaston, who appears to steal her heart before his very eyes.

Anouilh’s other plays include Ring Round the Moon, Antigone, Becket, The Lark and The Rehearsal.

Wick’s cast includes Graham Till, Bob Ryder, Maggi Pearce, Amy Curtis, Alys Bowerman, Rhiannon Armitage, David Peaty, Stephanie Moorey and Loretta Tomlinson.

The Barn Theatre is located at Southwick Community Centre, Southwick Street, Southwick.

Tickets are £11.

There is limited seating, so reserve online.

For information and tickets, visit www.wicktheatre.co.uk or call the box office 01273 597094.