Oars at the ready for ‘Three Men In A Boat’

'Three in a Boat'
'Three in a Boat'

LAST year the Original Theatre brought the house down with ‘See How They Run’ so The Maltings best check its suspensions once again as they’re back in town next Thursday with a show which is set to split more sides than its predecessor.

Star of the show and creative director, Alastair Whatley described ‘Three Men In A Boat’ as “a quintessential English story with quintessential British characters,” and admitted in a year where people were full of British spirit with the Jubilee and London Olympics there was no better time to stage it.

The show is based on Jerome K Jermone’s book of the same name which tells the story of a boating misadventure involving three friends on the Thames.

Not having the luxury of a portable river to tour with, Original Theatre have set their adaptation in the ‘Illusive Pelican’ public house but Alistair said that didn’t make it any less entertaining.

“If people loved ‘See How They Run’, they’ll love this. Good farces used to be a staple of the English comedy diet and if you’re a fan of Monty Python, Morecambe & Wise or The Fast Show you can see how they were inspired by Jerome’s work.

“It’s madcap; full of song and dance numbers and we’re all having a ball doing it although we’ve lost some weight since starting- there’s so much moving about on stage!”