HAPPY IDIOT PRODUCTIONS present a darkly comic, Mel Brooks style parody of the famous D.H. Lawrence novel as Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover at Rhodes Art Centre in Bishop Stortford on Wednesday 25th October.
Lady Chatterley welcomes home her husband, Clifford, from a war that has left the world in tatters. With Clifford’s legs also in tatters, he arrives at Wragby Hall confined to a wheelchair and clutching his secret. As the couple grow apart, Constance falls into a passionate, sexual and curiously experimental affair with estate gamekeeper, Mellors.
There will be long, contemplative looks into the middle distance, moments of touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo. Think The Naked Gun and Airplane! mixed with a steamy costume drama in this laughter-filled parody of the D.H. Lawrence classic.
The play has been adapted by Lawrence Russell, who also stars as Clifford Chatterley in the show. He is joined on stage by Christina Baston as Lady Chatterley, Wesley Griffin as Mellors and Rebecca McClay as Mrs Bolton.
Discussing the play, Lawrence says: “Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a quintessential British novel which – over the years – has been adapted for film, TV and stage so I felt it was due time for a new take on the classic. “The key points of the novel are in there, but of course there are a few twists to draw out to highlight the comedy. Our production will keep the pace fast and adapted to work brilliantly with our strong cast of four. “Ultimately our goal is to entertain with the intention of leading the characters to the point of touching drama and then nudging them into a puddle!”
Expect high drama, high comedy and highly raised eyebrows in what will be a fantastic show for both those who know the novel and those who are experiencing it for the first time.
Tickets for Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover are on sale now! You can book yours by calling the Red Rose Chain on (01279) 710 200 or by visiting the website at www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk