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Alnwick Theatre Club presents Courting and Consequences.
Alnwick Theatre Club presents Courting and Consequences.

It will be a summer of love this August as Alnwick Theatre Club presents a farcical and irreverent glimpse of romance and what it leads to.

The long-standing company, which has been running for more than 60 years, is bringing Courting and Consequences to Alnwick Playhouse.

The production will offer a hilarious and sometimes poignant look at love and is made up of four, one-act plays; The Proposal, Knightsbridge, Resting Place and Chinamen.

The Proposal, by Anton Chekhov, explores the difficulty of popping the question, while Michael Frayn’s Chinamen is a farce about a catastrophic dinner party.

John Mortimer’s Knightsbridge tells the tale of a daughter and her fiancé who overhear her mother’s telephone conversation and realise that she is ‘on the game’. Surely there is no other possible explanation...or is there?

Resting Place, by David Campton, follows an elderly couple who muse on their relationship in the surroundings of a cemetery.

Tony Neale, from the theatre club, is directing Courting and Consequences and he believes it will offer a fine evening’s entertainment.

He said: “These farcical and irreverent glimpses of wooing, wedding and married life offer perfect summer’s entertainment and, as they come from the pens of writers as diverse as Michael Frayn, David Campton, John Mortimer and Anton Chekhov, audiences can expect an evening of infinite variety.”

Explaining the reason why the company chose the theme of love and marriage for the basis of the production, Tony added: “There are lots and lots of plays on this theme so there was a large number to choose from.

“We took a bit of time to choose and we read quite a number of plays.

“The four plays which make up Courting and Consequences were chosen because the group of actors liked them and they provide a very varied programme.”

The show is being performed from Wednesday, August 20, to Saturday, August 23. All performances start at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £10, £9 concessions, and £6 for children and students.

For tickets call 01665 510785, visit alnwickplayhouse.co.uk or go to the Playhouse box office.