Posted by scadmin On February - 25 - 2004

A Chorus of Disapproval

by Alan Ayckbourn

The Stage Club is proud to present Alan Ayckbourn’s bittersweet comedy A Chorus of Disapproval, which centres around an amateur light operatic society putting on a disaster-plagued production of The Beggar’s Opera, John Gay’s 18th century musical hit. Songs are woven into the action as we follow the hapless company through their increasingly fraught rehearsals.

A Chorus of Disapproval


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Diffident widower Guy Jones joins the Pendon Amateur Light Operatic Society (PALOS), helmed by eccentric Welshman Daffyd ap Llewellyn. Through negligence rather than design – in fact by not saying “no” to anything, from a request to obtain confidential information from his company to an offer of illicit sex – he advances from a bit part to the lead. The lives of the players begin to mirror the play they are putting on, showing that human nature may not have changed that much since The Beggar’s Opera was written.

A Chorus of Disapproval was originally staged at the National Theatre, London in 1984, winning the Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award for best play. It was subsequently turned into a film starring Jeremy Irons and Anthony Hopkins. Twenty years on, this production will be directed by Jeremy Samuel, whose directing credits include the world premiere of Arnold Wesker’s Lady Othello and the Stage Club’s sell-out production of Top Girls.


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