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Charley's Aunt

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By Brandon Thomas

It is Commemoration Week in Oxford, 1892. Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley Wykeham loves Amy Spettigue. To impress the objects of their affection, the boys invite the ladies to meet Charley's exotic and wealthy aunt Donna Lucia, who comes from Brazil, "where the nuts come from".

But when Donna Lucia cancels her visit at the last minute, the boys turn in desperation to their feckless Oxford undergrad pal Lord Fancourt Babberley (Babbs to his friends), dressing him in a black satin skirt, bloomers and wig.

All proceeds well, especially for Babbs who enjoys the attentions of his palsí girls, until the real Donna Lucia appears, concealing her own identity and creating chaos for all concerned.

Brandon Thomasí classic farce is one of the great plays of the English stage.

Fresh from a West End revival, this is a wonderful slice of life in a bygone age, as fast and funny today as it was on its debut 125 years ago.