CURRENT PRODUCTION- Book now!

Next Production Dates
27th May
-
30th May
2020

World-renowned tenor Tito Merelli has signed on to play Otello at a Cleveland opera company in the fall of 1934. He arrives late and, through a set of crazy circumstances, passes out after mixing wine with a huge dose of tranquilizers. Believing that the divo is dead, the excitable opera manager taps his hapless assistant, an aspiring singer named Max, to suit up as the Moor and replace Merelli. Meanwhile, the tenor’s jealous wife, his ambitious female co-star, Max’s young girlfriend and the flirtatious head of the opera guild are on the scene fighting—sometimes literally—for the star’s attention

"A sensation on Broadway and in London's West End, this madcap, screwball comedy is guaranteed to leave audiences teary-eyed with laughter" - Samuel French

“A remarkable piece of theatre […] a masterpiece […] Author Ken Ludwig has verve, a sound grasp of plot mechanics and a rare ability to couple high art with low comedy.” - The London Times

“One of two great farces by a living writer.” - The New York Times

"Ken Ludwig's 1989 Tony-winning comedy is one of only two classic farces by a living playwright, the other being Michael Frayn's frenetic Noises Off.” - New York Daily News

“The most inventive, original farce in a long time […]” - Punch

“A furiously paced comedy with more than a touch of the Marx Brothers […] A marvelous combination of wonderful farcical moments and funny lines.” - Time Out New York

“Hilariously over the top.” - The Manchester Guardian

“Fills the theatre with the sound of laughter.” - The Sunday Express

“Free flowing honest-to-goodness unforced farce.” - New York Magazine

“It’s hilarious […] The funniest show on Broadway.” - WNEW

"A rollercoaster of fun for everybody in the building […] a solid, constantly accelerating snowball of a comedy!" - Phoenix News Times

“The Big Winner!” - New York Daily News

"Non-stop laughter." - Variety

"Uproarious! Hysterical!" - USA Today

"A rib-tickling comedy." - The New York Post

"Screamingly funny!" - CBS Radio

"[A] three-ring circus of chaos involving celebrity worship, backstage shenanigans and mistaken identities." - Desert News

"One of the funniest comedies ever written. Ken Ludwig has written a crackpot comedy worthy of comic masters Preston Sturges, Billy Wilder or Howard Hawks." - Glendale Theater Examiner

The Civic Players perform two productions per year at the Swan Theatre Yeovil. The next production is currently under consideration and we are doing our very best to bring you the best evenings entertainment possible. We are of course always looking for more play suggestions, more actors, technicians, directors and stage crew. So if any of these roles suite you, regardless of experience, drop us a line either on Facebook or at the following e-mail address: civicplayers.yeovil@gmail.com

Civic Players

Civic Players of Yeovil, 2016. We perform two shows a year at The Swan Theatre Yeovil. Come and see us, we would love to meet you.

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