A delightfully silly and exuberant refashioning of The Rivals
A rollicking new comedy by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Twelfth Night).
Featuring a cast including Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Laurie Davidson (Guilty Party), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters) and Kelvin Fletcher (Emmerdale).
Emily Burns (The Comeback) directs this spectacularly entertaining new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals.
Jack Absolute Flies Again runs until 3 September 2022 in the Olivier Theatre, National Theatre London.
What is Jack Absolute Flies Again about?
July 1940. After an aerial dog fight, Pilot Officer Jack Absolute flies home to win the heart of his old flame, Lydia Languish.
Back on British soil, Jack’s advances soon turn to anarchy when the young heiress demands to be loved on her own, very particular, terms.
Written Richard Bean and Chris Oliver, with direction by Emily Burns, set and costume design by Mark Thompson,
Lighting design by Tim Lutkin, music composed by Paul Englishby, sound design by Paul Arditti, video design by Jeff Sugg, choreography by Lizzi Gee, physical comedy direction by Toby Park for Spymonkey, musical direction by Chris Traves, voice and dialect coaching by Charmian Hoare, assistant voice coach Shereen Ibrahim and dramaturg by Chris Campbell.
Who is in the cast of Jack Absolute Flies Again?
The cast features Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Peter Forbes (Follies), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters), Laurie Davidson (Cats), Kelvin Fletcher Emmerdale) and Kerry Howard (Him & Her).
James Corrigan, Theo Cowan, Shailan Gohil, Millie Hikasa, George Kemp, Joanne McGuinness, Jordan Metcalfe, Akshay Sharan, Tim Steed, Geoffrey Towers, Shona White and Helena Wilson complete the cast.
Reviews of Jack Absolute Flies Again★★★★★ "Humorous with unerring accuracy" Daily Express
★★★★★ "A rare blast of sunshine" - Daily Mail
★★★★ "Uproarious mix of filth, derring-do and romance" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "A joyous romp" - The Times
Important NotesAccess performances of Jack Absolute Flies Again BSL performance Thursday 28 July at 7.30pm Sensory Adapted performance Tuesday 2 August at 7.30pm Audio-described performances Friday 5 August, 7.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 6pm Saturday 20 August, 2pm preceded by a Touch Tour at 12.30pm Captioned performance Saturday 6 August, 7.30pm Thursday 11 August, 7.30pm Dementia friendly performance Wednesday 31 August, 2pm
Venue InformationNational Theatre - Lyttelton Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
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Jack Absolute Flies Again has opened at the National Theatre in London.
This riotous new version of Sheridan’s The Rivals is co-written by Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) and Oliver Chris (Emma) and started performances in the Olivier Theatre on 2 July 2022.
The cast of this World War Two-set comedy includes Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek), Peter Forbes (Follies), Natalie Simpson (Three Sisters), Laurie Davidson (Cats), Kelvin Fletcher Emmerdale) and Kerry Howard (Him & Her). Also starring are James Corrigan, Theo Cowan, Shailan Gohil, Millie Hikasa, George Kemp, Joanne McGuinness, Jordan Metcalfe, Akshay Sharan, Tim Steed, Geoffrey Towers, Shona White and Helena Wilson.
Jack Absolute Flies Again is running until 3 September 2022 at the National Theatre.
Photos by Brinkhoff-Moegenburg