The Henley Players are bringing their version of Philip Barry’s witty comedy, The Philadelphia Story to the Kenton Theatre next week (22-25 March).
The Philadelphia Story is a comedy about romance, relationships and class all delivered with sparkling dialogue. On the eve of her second marriage to a stuffy self-made tycoon, socialite Tracy Lord hasn’t counted on gossip reporter Mike Connor who is covering her wedding or former husband, C.K. Dexter Haven coming back onto the scene. Reviewed by a Philadelphia paper at the time as a “sparkling, sophisticated, completely captivating comedy,” the play was a Broadway hit before becoming one of the highest grossing films of 1941 starring Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart and Cary Grant. Such was its popularity that the musical version High Society was later filmed with Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra as the leads.
Henley Players have enjoyed every minute of discovering this classic comedy. Director, John Timewell, in his first production for the Players described it as “ a real joy to be directing The Philadelphia Story for the Henley Players. This delightful play is funny, touching and leaves both cast and audience with a warm glow, just right for these dark and cool evenings.”
The Philadelphia Story is at the Kenton Theatre from Wednesday 22 to Saturday 25 March at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinée at 2.30pm. Tickets cost £17 to £20 and are available from the Kenton box office on (01491) 575698 or www.kentontheatre.co.uk