American stage and film actor John Lithgow takes the title role in this fast, furious, brilliantly plotted farce set in Victorian London.
The Magistrate was playwright Pinero’s first attempt at farce and became a surprise box office hit when it opened in 1885. The ingenious, fun plot sees respectable magistrate, Mr Posket, become embroiled in a series of scandalous events that are nearly his undoing.
With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, port and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha his mother lopped five years from her true age and his when she married the amiable Mr 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. Indignities escalate at court the next day where Posket, the police magistrate, must preside.
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The Magistrate by Arthur Wing Pinero is in the Olivier Theatre from 14 November.
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