A CLASSIC British farce will be presented by Sutton’s Green Hut Theatre Company next week.
The group, formerly Sutton Amateurs, will perform No Sex Please We’re British at Sutton Village Hall.
The play, written by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, portrays the comic chaos that follows a rather rude misunderstanding.
Assistant bank manager Peter Hunter lives in a flat above his bank with his new bride, Frances.
When Frances innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware, what comes back is Scandinavian pornography.
The married couple, along with the bank's frantic chief cashier Brian Runnicles, must decide what to do with the floods of photographs, books, films and eventually women that subsequently arrive.
The matter is considerably complicated by the presence of Peter's mother, his boss, a visiting bank inspector and a police superintendent.
No Sex Please We’re British premiered in London's West End in 1971 and was panned by critics, but played to full houses until 1987 at three different London theatres.
It did not share the same success with American audiences, running for only 16 performances on Broadway in early 1973.
The part of Brian Runnicles was first played on the London stage by Michael Crawford, who went on to stardom TV sitcom Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em and the title role in musical Phantom Of The Opera.
David Jason later played the same part.
A film version starring Ronnie Corbett as Brian was made in 1973, with many alterations to the dialogue and plot. Michael Crawford turned down the movie version.
No Sex Please We’re British will be performed next Friday and Saturday and is billed as containing adult humour. Doors open at 7pm.
To book tickets, call 01535 632289 or visit Place’s Place, Main Street. The price is £8.50 including supper, and there is a licensed bar.