Frantic feel-good comedy at Rugby Theatre

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There’s still time to catch Rugby Theatre’s latest comedy, It Runs in the Family, which is showing until Saturday July 13.

Britain’s master of the modern farce, Ray Cooney, penned this fresh, split-second-timed romp 25 years ago.

Without giving too much away the story follows the high-flying Dr David Mortimer who is rehearsing his speech for the prestigious Ponsonby Lecture, which almost certainly will propel his career into the stratosphere.

However as David’s big moment draws near, in bursts an old flame, hotly pursued by her (their?) son, who is hotly pursued by the police.

With the reluctant help of his sidekick Hubert, David begins piling lie on top of lie to protect his career, and everything spirals completely out of control.

It’s described by Rugby Theatre as a delightfully frantic farce filled with snappy dialogue and non-stop comedic antics.

Ray Cooney also wrote Tom, Dick and Harry, Rugby Theatre’s NODA award winning play from their 2010 season. This laugh-a-minute comedy with its colourful mix of doctors, nurses, “neurotic animals” and bossy police sergeants was first performed 25 years ago and has stood the tests of time to be recognised as one of Cooney’s best-loved works.

Included in the cast are Lee Bunting (playing Hubert), Tracy Seymour ( playing Nurse Tate), Jonathan Patton ( playing Leslie) and Mark Baird (playing Dr Mortimore).

Performances are nightly today (Thursday), tomorrow and Saturday nights at 7.30pm.

Tickets can also be booked on-line at www.rugbytheatre.co.uk. To contact the box office, call (01788) 541234.