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The Dutch Lady – Fred Theatre

June 28th, 2017

We are very pleases to welcome Fred Theatre back to AE Harris this July. They will be presenting a recently discovered Restoration comedy that hasn’t been seen on stage for more than three centuries.

The Dutch Lady turned up in a manuscript buried in the bowels of Boston public library, in the USA. So far the play remains anonymous.

Forgotten for over three centuries, in February 2017, Dr Joe Stephenson of Abilene Christian University (Texas) began working on the manuscript, and his edition of The Dutch Lady is forthcoming in 2018.

Joe kindly gave Fred access to the script the company will be giving it its first public performances in Stratford upon Avon, London and at AE Harris.

Robert Ball, Fred Theatre’s artistic director says:

“It’s a superbly well-written play, following the exploits of Fuscara, the eponymous Dutch Lady, to marry her way out of financial difficulties. There are additional sub-plots, and very many laughs along the way.

“We’re having a great time rehearsing the play, discovering all the humour, fleshing out wonderful characters that will be new to everyone seeing the show. It’s big, bold, lively and with all the much loved traits of a Restoration comedy. Fred’s production will honour the play whilst presenting it in an accessible way.

The Dutch Lady can be see at AR Harris: 11-12 July at 19:00

For more details and how to book CLICK HERE

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