‘The Phoenix and the Carpet’ by E. Nesbit

Cyril, Robert, Anthea and Jane need a new carpet for the nursery, but it turns out to be a magic carpet containing a phoenix egg! They discover how to hatch the egg, but a magical creature with a big ego and a wishing carpet that can read but not talk leads straight to another hilarious […]

‘The Misanthrope’ by Moliere

Alceste, the misanthrope, hates everyone including himself. But unlike in many pure farces with their cliche stock characters, the characters here are much more well rounded, and who knows – Alceste might actually grow and change throughout the play. “Those who admired noble thoughts, select language, accurate deliniations of character, and a perfect and entertaining […]

‘The Schoolmistress’ by Arthur Wing Pinero

The second of Pinero’s farces, following the wildly successful The Magistrate, and likewise a hit. The Schoolmistress has a secret: “Think of the deception I am practising upon dear Vere! Think of the people who believe in the rigid austerity of Caroline Dyott, Principal of Volumnia College. Think of the precious confidence reposed in me […]