For the first time ever, Cheriton Players played host to a touring production by another group, BBV Productions. The result was a delightful evening of fun with a comedy classic.
A theatrical treat ever since it opened in 1892, Brandon Thomas’s Charley’s Aunt came to Cheriton Village Hall for one night only.
We all went on a trip to the hallowed halls of Oxford, to meet the hapless Fancourt Babberley and his two lovelorn friends. The pair had some lady friends coming for lunch – and an elderly aunt, for the sake of propriety.
But when the aunt failed to arrive, wasn’t it lucky there’s a certain young man with a knack for acting going spare…?
After a London opening, a four-year run, and countless revivals, the play became a hearty influence on British theatre – not least The Importance of Being Earnest. Even today, Charley’s Aunt stands out as a masterpiece in comic construction and exploration of thwarted love.
This is the first stage incarnation for BBV, who previously had success making films with the likes of Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison and Tom Baker… (who?).
A first for Cheriton, the Players hosted this touring production as part of a local tour including Winchester Discovery Centre, Bournemouth Little Theatre and the Plaza at Romsey. The excellent cast included members of Chesil Theatre, RAODS and Maskers.