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A fast, furious farce

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: January 10, 2013

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The National Theatre (NT Live) cinema season continues at Strode Theatre in Street on Thursday, January 17, with a live screening of Arthur Wing Pinero's uproarious Victorian farce The Magistrate.

John Lithgow takes the title role of Magistrate Posket in this fast, furious, brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London.

He is joined by Nancy Carroll (as his wife Agatha), returning to the National Theatre following her Olivier award-winning performance in After the Dance, and Joshua McGuire (as Cis Farringdon), who shone as Hamlet when The Globe Theatre tour came to Strode in April 2011.

With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it's hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only 14.

And that's because he isn't. Agatha, his mother, lopped five years from her true age – and his – when she married the amiable Posket.

The imminent arrival of Cis' godfather sends Agatha incognito to the Hôtel des Princes to warn him of her deception.

But it's also where her son has cajoled his otherwise staid stepfather into joining him for a binge.

High-spirited carousing leads to a police raid and a night of outrageous mishap as the trapped guests make desperate attempts to conceal themselves from the law and from each other.

Indignities escalate at court the next day where Posket, the police magistrate, must preside…

The Magistrate will be transmitted live from the National Theatre to the Strode Theatre screen on Thursday, January 17, at 7pm.

Tickets are £15, concessions £13, available at www.strodetheatre.co.uk or from Strode Theatre's Box Office on 01458 442846.

The National Theatre Live cinema season continues at Strode Theatre in March with Alan Bennett's hotly anticipated new play People starring Frances de la Tour, for which tickets are available now.

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