3 Men In A Boat, York Theatre Royal

I have seen various theatre productions over the years. My last had been Les Mes in London, which was very good indeed. However…

Three Men in a Boat at York Theatre Royal, which I saw on Friday evening ranks with the best theatre experiences I can remember. Based on the book by Jerome K Jerome, adapted and directed by Paul Burbridge, and performed by the York Riding Lights Theatre Company.

Three in a Boat

It was witty adapted and cleverly designed.

The set was so effective, due I think, to its very simplicity. Simplicity for the audience that is, I am sure it was very clever.I wondered which of my favourite episodes they would be able to include and they included many of them. The famous hamper packing incident was great, with the mischievous butter.

Missing was one of my favourite quotes from the book (Paul couldn’t get them all in I realise). I refer to the hamper packing and the interference from Montmorency the dog, with the wonderfully understated,

“..he pretended that the lemons were rats, and got into the hamper and killed three of them before Harris could land him with the frying-pan.”

Not read it!? It is probably my favourite book (no not the Bible, but then the Bible is not just a book) and has been since I read it as a teenager. You can read it free online or download it free as an ebook for your pda for phone. Get it from forgottenfutures to see it with the original illustrations.

‘A riverful of good jokes – tickled out like fat trout with stealth and skill‘.
The Guardian

‘A jolly romp… the audience floats along in a haze of contentment.
The Stage

‘A triumph
The Jerome K Jerome Society

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