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“It is a frothy, flimsy enchantment marrying high comedy and the harlequinade in a happy, absurd story of French thieves and English aristocrats.” Times Educational Supplement

THIEVES' CARNIVAL

Written by Jean Anouilh

Wed 20 Jul 2005 - Sat 10 Sep 2005

“Sixty years I’ve spent deluded into thinking life a serious business.  That’s sixty years too long.  I am in the mood… for a gigantic piece of folly!”  Lady Hurf

Three intrepid and rather inept pickpockets prey on unsuspecting visitors in the dignified old spa town of Vichy with a varying degree of success.  Sometimes the Three Musketeers Manoeuvre just doesn’t pay off! When they pose as ruined Spanish noblemen and target the English aristocracy, well, things don’t quite go according to plan…

Staged in The Watermill’s beautiful garden and in the theatre, a cast of actor musicians will recreate the visual, verbal and musical madness of one of the best of Jean Anouilh’s plays.  They will rapidly dispel all notion that life is “a serious business”.

Tickets from £10 to £19

First Week Special
Wednesday to Friday all seats £10

Mon to Sat at 7.30pm
Thu and Sat matinées at 2.30pm
No matinée performance on Thu 21 July
Sat 10 Sep performances at 1.30pm and 6.30pm
Directed by Andy Brereton
Designed by Gary McCann
Lighting by Oliver Fenwick
Music by Janie Armour