London Classic Theatre presents the Olivier Award winning comedy Hysteria, by Terry Johnson, at Peterborough’s Key Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday.
1938, Hampstead, London. Sigmund Freud has fled Nazi-occupied Austria and settled in leafy Swiss Cottage.
The ageing Freud intends to spend his last days in peaceful contemplation but, when Salvador Dali pays a visit and discovers a naked woman in the closet, eye-popping mayhem ensues.
An acknowledged modern classic, Johnson’s hilarious farce explores the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide.
Johnson is one of the UK’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights. His notable successes include Dead Funny, Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick, The Graduate, Insignificance and Mrs Henderson Presents. Hysteria won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy in 1994.
London Classic Theatre is one of the UK’s leading touring theatre companies. Recent successes include national tours of The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett and Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends.
In the director’s chair is Michael Cabot, the founder and Artistic Director of London Classic Theatre. He has directed all thirty-five LCT productions since their debut in 1993.
Cabot directs John Dorney (Salvador Dali), Ged McKenna (Sigmund Freud), Summer Strallen (Jessica) and Moray Treadwell (Dr Abraham Yahuda).
The production, playing two nights in Peterborough (7.30pm) is on a tour of 23 venues around the UK this spring, opening at Malvern Festival Theatre and finishing at Mercury Theatre Colchester in May. Tickets cost £16 (£15 concessions) and are available from the Key Box office on 01733 207239.
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