Thame Players are proud to present See How They Run, an English comedy in three acts by Philip King, at The Players Theatre from 3rd to 7th May.
Set in 1943 in the vicarage in the fictitious village of Merton-cum-Middlewick, this brilliant farce is liberally endowed with tense comic situations and headlong humour, including cases of mistaken identity and appearances by several vicars.
The play takes its title is a line from the nursery rhyme Three Blind Mice and was first staged at the Peterborough Rep in 1944, prior to a British tour as an entertainment for the troops, under the auspices of ENSA. It was revived twice in 2006, at the Richmond Theatre and the Duchess Theatre, London, and again in 2008 at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. It was most recently staged as a 2014 touring production by Warwick Davis’s Reduced Height Theatre Company.
Thame Players’ production is co-directed by Adam Hurst and Mary Cleare. Adam comments, ‘I first came across See How They Run about twenty years ago when I was fortunate enough to play the role of Arthur Humphrey in a production at the Grange Theatre, Little Tew. Friends remarked it was one of the funniest plays they had ever seen and it has always been my hope to be involved in it once again. It is fantastic seeing the play come to life once more.’
Philip King (1904 –1979) was a Yorkshire-born playwright and actor, best known for See How They Run (1944). He acted throughout his writing career, often appearing in his own plays and made several appearances on the London stage. Other plays include Serious Charge, Milk and Honey, As Black As She’s Painted, and Go Bang Your Tambourine.
See How They Run is at The Players Theatre, Nelson Street, Thame OX9 2DP from Tuesday 3rd until Saturday 7th May, starting at 7.45 pm plus one matinee at 2.30 pm on Saturday. . Tickets cost £9 and £8 (concessions) and are available from Spear Travels, telephone 01844 217228 or online from www.thameplayers.co.uk