The Ustinov Studio, Bath has announced the UK premiere of Georges Feydeau’s The One That Got Away as part of its autumn 2015 season, translated by Kenneth McLeish and directed by the Ustinov Studio’s Artistic Director, Laurence Boswell.
Monsieur Duchotel, a Parisienne businessman, has a roving eye and a lust for…fishing trips. It turns out he has been casting his line in uncharted waters and he’s not the only one. His best-friend, Dr Moricet, has a passion for poetry and a longing for Léontine – Duchotel’s beautiful and trusting young wife. Then there’s Gontran, Duchotel’s randy young nephew, who’s always after a hand out, and Madame Latour, a concierge who was once a countess married to a lion-tamer…
Feydeau’s uproarious farce brilliantly incorporates all the classic elements of the genre. Behind the shutters at 40, Rue d’Athènes, Dr Moricet’s love-nest becomes the venue for a whole shoal of illicit rendez-vous, ridiculous cover stories and bungling policemen. As doors slam, would-be lovers hide in closets and men find their trousers round their ankles, this glorious concoction will have you hooked.
The cast of The One That Got Away includes Joseph Alessi (Duchotel), Frances McNamee (Léontine), Richard Clothier (Doctor Moricet), Oscar Batterham (Gontran), Stephen Ventura (Cassagne), Victoria Wicks (Madame Latour), Eliza Collings (Babet/Policeman) and Toby Longworth (Inspector Bridois).
Joseph Alessi’s recent theatre credits include: The Hook (Northampton), Brief Encounter (UK Tour, Broadway and International Tour), ‘Bottom’ in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Northampton), The Drowsy Chaperone (West End), Wind in the Willows (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and The Second Mrs Tanqueray (Rose Theatre). TV work includes Mummy’s Boys (Comedy Central), I Live With Models and Mr Selfridge (ITV).
Frances McNamee’s theatre credits include Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love’s Labour’s Won (Royal Shakespeare Company), A Lady of Little Sense, Don Gil, Punishment without Revenge (Arcola/Theatre Royal Bath/Belgrade Coventry), Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal and Derngate), The Borrowers (Northern Stage), The Phoenix of Madrid, The Surprise of Love (Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath) and Bronte (Shared Experience/UK tour/Watermill Theatre).
Richard Clothier recently appeared in The Mother and Play Strindberg (Ustinov Studio). Further theatre credits include King Lear (National Theatre), Fifty Words (Theatre Royal Bath / Arcola Theatre) and Richard III (Propeller UK and International Tour)- for which he won the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Performance. His television credits include New Tricks (BBC), Henry V (BBC 2), Spooks (Kudos), Foyle’s War (Bentley Productions).
Oscar Batterham is currently in The Wars of the Roses (Rose Theatre, Kingston). Oscar graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama earlier this year.
Stephen Ventura’s theatre credits include: The Dog, the Knife and The Night (Arcola), Boris Godonov and The Orphan of Zhao (Royal Shakespeare Company), The 39 Steps (West End), The Ramayana (Lyric Hammersmith, Bristol Old Vic and West Yorkshire Playhouse), Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (Royal Opera), Market Boy (Royal National Theatre), The Coffee House, The Merchant of Venice, Seven Doors, Doctor Faustus & The Government Inspector, Scapino the Trickster (Chichester Festival Theatre). His television work includes: Downton Abbey (ITV) and Doc Martin (ITV).
Victoria Wicks has been series regular Sally Smedley for the last 8 years on Channel 4 comedy Drop The Dead Donkey. Other notable TV credits include 3 series of Skins (E4), Sherlock (BBC), Silent Witness (BBC) and Poirot (ITV), and she’s currently filming four episodes of Glue (E4). Victoria also played the role of Caroline alongside Colin Firth in the feature What A Girl Wants. She filmed the role of Miriam in High Rise opposite Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller, which will be released this year.
Eliza Collings graduated from Bristol Old Vic, where she was picked as ‘The One to Watch’ by The Stage. Most recently, Eliza has been seen in Lady Windemere’s Fan and The Country Wife (Royal Manchester Exchange), as well as her much acclaimed role of Frosine in The Miser directed by Nancy Meckler (Watermill Theatre) and Doc Martin (ITV).
Toby Longworth has been seen in The Wright Way and Not Going Out (BBC1), Extras (BBC2 ) The IT Crowd (Channel 4), Phone Shop (E4) and Stella (Sky 1). Toby is a highly respected voiceover artist. His voice has featured in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Star Wars- the Phantom Menace and Dr Who. Theatre includes: Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Ustinov Studio, Theatre Royal Bath, Sawclose, Bath BA1 1ET
Thursday 12th November – Saturday 19th December, 2015