Subversive parody Not: Lady Chatterley's Lover announces UK tour

Not Lady Chatterley’s Lover tour

Happy Idiot Production’s subversive parody Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover is to tour the UK.

Bringing a fresh twist to DH Lawrence’s classic story, the show will tour from September and into November.


Writer Lawrence Russell (Comedy Dinner Shows) has given this scandalous story the Mel Brooks treatment., with the help of acclaimed artists Simon Godwin (Associate Director, National Theatre), Stephen Harper (Told By An Idiot), and Laurence Pears (The Play That Goes Wrong).

Comedy pedigree is also provided by script development partner Annie Sertich, a Groundlings main company member, whose alumni include Lisa Kudrow, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and Melissa McCarthy.

Lord Chatterley returns to Wragby Hall confined to a wheelchair and clutching his secret. Despite her husband’s newfound impotence, a subject that everyone struggles to avoid, Lady Chatterley entertains the idea that one day they could have a child. But, as the couple drift apart, she embarks on a passionate and curiously experimental affair with Mellors, the estate gamekeeper. This laughter-filled parody will bring you high drama, high comedy and highly-raised eyebrows.

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover is a saucy take which honours the original story, with some added surprise twists. There will be long contemplative looks into the middle distance, moments of touching drama, plenty of farce and a gentle stroke of innuendo. Happy Idiot’s inventive storytelling explores the novel’s themes of female sexuality, disability and loneliness, with the watertight pace and perfect comic timing which earned them five-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.

The cast includes Christina Baston (House on Haunted Hill, Tales From Star City, As Wine Flows), Wesley Griffith (Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Importance of Being Earnest), Rebecca McClay (Private Lives of The Tudors, 50 Ways To Kill Your Lover, Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover) and Lawrence Russell (Eastenders, Superhoe, Breaking the Band).

Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover tour dates

Book tickets Worthing Connaught Theatre
17 September 2021

Book tickets Leamington Royal Spa Centre
18 September 2021 - 19 September 2021

Book tickets Wellingborough The Castle Theatre
20 September 2021

Book tickets Middlesbrough Middlesbrough Theatre
22 September 2021

Book tickets Stamford Stamford Arts Centre
23 September 2021

Book tickets Newbury Corn Exchange
24 September 2021 - 25 September 2021

Book tickets Chipping Chipping Norton Theatre
26 September 2021

Book tickets Solihull The Core Theatre
28 September 2021

Book tickets Cornerstone Cornerstone Arts Centre
01 October 2021

Book tickets Eastleigh The Berry Theatre
02 October 2021

Book tickets Hastings White Rock Theatre
04 October 2021 - 06 October 2021

Book tickets Theatre Theatre Royal Wakefield
08 October 2021

Book tickets Helmsley Helmsley Arts Centre
09 October 2021

Book tickets Warrington Pyramid Arts Centre
10 October 2021

Book tickets Theatr Theatr Colwyn
12 October 2021

Book tickets Harrogate Royal Hall
13 October 2021

Book tickets Worcester Live The Swan Theatre
14 October 2021

Book tickets Coventry Albany Theatre
15 October 2021

Book tickets Newark Palace Theatre
17 October 2021 - 18 October 2021

Book tickets Chelmsford Chelmsford Civic
19 October 2021

Book tickets Peterborough Key Theatre
20 October 2021

Book tickets Chesham Elgiva Theatre
21 October 2021

Book tickets Theatre Theatre Royal Winchester
22 October 2021

Book tickets Barrow In Furness Forum Theatre
26 October 2021

Book tickets Forum Forum Theatre Billingham
03 November 2021

Book tickets Southport The Atkinson
04 November 2021 - 05 November 2021

Book tickets Livingston Howden Park Centre
07 November 2021

Book tickets Tyne Tyne Theatre And Opera House
08 November 2021

Book tickets Darwen Darwen Library Theatre
13 November 2021

Book tickets Brierley Brierley Hill Civic Hall
14 November 2021

Book tickets Maidstone Hazlitt Theatre
16 November 2021

Book tickets Ilfracombe Landmark Theatre
18 November 2021

Book tickets Tunbridge Wells Trinity Theatre
20 November 2021

Book tickets The The Civic Stourport
21 November 2021

Writer Lawrence Russell commented: “There are so many incredibly high-stakes moments in the book that, with a few twists, exaggerations and undercutting of the bleak themes, you can create countless laugh out loud moments.

“I’m really proud that we’ve been able to incorporate integrated audio description and creative captioning as standard for every show, meaning that those who have difficulties with their hearing or sight will get the jokes at the same time as everyone else! Taking a well-loved story and effortlessly moving between touching moments and perfectly timed comedy means the team have made something that shouldn’t be missed.”

This production is made possible with the kind permission of Lesley Pollinger, Paper Lion Ltd as Trustee for The Estate of Frieda Lawrence Ravagli.

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