Rugby Theatre comedy: it’s just not cricket...

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Rugby Theatre’s comedy Outside Edge is being staged at the Henry Street venue from this Saturday (March 16).

The show was written by Richard Harris in the 1980s and is a popularcomedy about cricket and marital harmony (or the lack of it).

The cricket is played to a low standard but in deadly earnest by the local team.

The players are a bunch of ageing lotharios, wife-cheaters and drinkers who care little for their captain Roger’s fussy organising.

Their behaviour is anything but sporting as they fight among themselves, hold out for the batting positions of their choice and are not averse to running one another out while at the wicket.

Steve Orton, show director, said: “The Outside Edge characters are so funny it has been immensely enjoyable for myself and the cast right throughout rehearsals.

“I’d urge everyone to come along and enjoy a night of good, traditional comedy.”

The original stage show went on to be a television series and ran between 1994 and 1996. Amongst the cast were Robert Daws, Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall and Josie Lawrence. The play’s writer, Richard Harris, won an award from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain for his contribution to the television adaption. His other work includes writing for crime and detective genres, having contributed episodes of series such as The Avengers, The Saint, The Sweeney, Armchair Mystery Theatre and Target.

Outside Edge runs fromMarch 16 to March 23 at 7.30pm with no show on the Sunday.

Tickets are now available from the box office on (01788) 541234 or can be booked online at the Rugby Theatre website, rugbytheatre.co.uk