Posted by scadmin On October - 6 - 2004


by Neil Simon

directed by Nick Perry

Rumours 6 – 9 October 2004, 8 p.m.
Jubilee Hall, Raffles Hotel
Neil Simon’s hilarious farce puts four upper crust couples through an evening of utter chaos as they scramble to save themselves from scandal. It is the tenth wedding anniversary of Charley and Vivian Brooks, but when their friends turn up at their house expecting a party, they find the hostess missing and the host, a prominent government official, lying upstairs bleeding from a flesh wound. The guests try to conceal from each new arrival – and the police! – what has happened, creating an ever more precarious tower of lies. This British version of Rumours (adapted by Neil Simon from his 1988 play) was first performed at the Chichester festival in 1990, starring Simon Ward and Una Stubbs. While retaining Simon’s zinging one-liners, the plot also has elements of a Whitehall farce, with its potentially socially embarrassing situation that must be covered up at all costs. This riotously funny show is directed by Nick Perry, whose past successes include Alarms and Excursions, Arcadia, The Real Thing and the American version of Rumours (1997). Neil Simon was born on the fourth of July, 1927, and is now one of America’s best-loved playwrights. He has written 28 plays, many of them long-running hits, including The Odd Couple and Lost in Yonkers. His work has won three Tony Awards, two Emmys, a Pulitzer Prize and four Oscar nominations. Time Magazine wrote of him that “if Broadway ever erects a monument to the patron saint of laughter, Neil Simon would have to be it.”


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