VenueBristol Old Vic
Other spaces: Main House, Weston Studio, Cooper's Loft Studio
CountyCity of Bristol
From4th September 2012
Opened11th September 2012
To20th October 2012
When19:30. Sep 11 19:00. Thu,Sat Mats 14:30 (except Sep 6,8,15,27, Oct 4)
PricesFrom £8.00. To £28.00.
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Wild Oats

Wild OatsT1971860612
Harry Thunder, a young naval cadet, absconds from naval college bitten by 'a rage for a little acting' and joins a company of strolling actors. Its leader, Rover, is a foundling, a man without home, family and love. The stage and his roles are more real to him than life, and when life, friendship and love (in the unexpected form of a Quaker beauty) make their insistent demands, his fragile grasp on reality begins to fall apart. Meanwhile, Sir George Thunder is in hot pursuit of his son... The Navy, the Quakers, the peasantry and the theatre all collide in this exuberant play by John O'Keeffe (famously dubbed 'the English Moliere). First played in 1791, it offers a gloriously comic view of English provincial life. O'Keeffe presents us with a cast of eccentrics, who through a series of hilarious mistakes and confusions discover the transforming power of the theatre of love.
Author John O'Keefe

Archive :: production:T1971860612, play:S5575, venue:V857

Production details

Special Performances

  • 6 Oct 12 Captioned
  • 13 Oct 12 Audio Described

UKTW News/Reviews

Wild Oats review
12Sep12: John O'Keeffe's romp updated at the Bristol Old Vic
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User Reviews

jim (12Sep12): Such fabulous theatre. A real treat!


Producer Bristol Old Vic
Director Mark Rosenblatt
Design Ben Stones
Director Catherine Alexander (movement)
Music Marc Teitler
Sound Sarah Weltman
Lighting Guy Hoare
Director Paul Benzing (fight)
Performer Sam Alexander (Jack Rover)
Performer Cornelius Booth (Lamp/Banks)
Performer Philip Bird (Ephraim Smooth)
Performer Jo Herbert (Lady Amaranth)
Performer Debra Penny (Amelia)
Performer Hugh Skinner (Harry)
Performer Emily May Smith (Jane)
Performer Isaac Stanmore (Sim)
Performer Sion Tudor Owen (Gammon)
Performer Kim Wall (George Thunder)
Performer Stewart Wright (John Dory)

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