The Doppel Gang

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

Tuesday 17th January– Saturday 11th February 2017

Press Night: Wednesday 18th January 2017, 7.30pm – You can Read Sarah Tinsley’s thoughts shortly after.

The Doppel Gang, a new comedy by Dominic Hedges, explores the wild wit of iconic comedy giants The Marx Brothers. Presented by Just Some Theatre Company, The Doppel Gang has generous helpings of British humour and humility.

As the Blitz ravages London, a hopeless theatre manager persuades a desperate double act and a not-so-convincing male impersonator to join him in an audacious stunt – impersonating The Marx Brothers. With one last roll of the dice, this group of entertainers battle to save the theatre from closure. The curtain is about to rise but so are the stakes as an unprecedented series of revelations leads to an exhilarating chain of events. Will anyone believe they are the real Marx Brothers?

The Doppel Gang fuses classic British comedy with the endless energy of the Marx Brothers, who at the time the play is set were dominating the comedy scene in the US. With its precision timing and authentic 40s soundtrack, the audience are transported to wartime London and the antics used to boost morale.

Playwright Dominic Hedges comments, There are so many similarities between our comedy and that of our American cousins. We both think we’re hilarious and we both think we’re smarter than one another. Groucho Marx’s lightning wit versus Eric Morecambe’s wry asides for instance. I guess I’ve tried to pit us up against them, all the while hiding ourselves from the horrible reality of our Second World War surroundings. It’s as though the faster we talk, the less real life is.

Jake Urry and Peter Stone of Just Some Theatre comment, We are thrilled to be bringing The Doppel Gang to London. The show is packed with energy, featuring a cast of lovable rogues and their badly devised scheme to impersonate the Marx Brothers in pursuit of a quick buck.

TheDoppel Gang appeals to lovers of classic comedy, old theatre tradition and good old sarcastic British humour – and of course The Marx Brothers!

Kindly supported by Arts Council England.

Title

The Doppel Gang

Performance Dates

Tuesday 17th January – Saturday 11th February 2017

Tuesday to Sunday, 7.30pm
Sunday matinees, 3pm

Running time 1 hour 35 minutes

Twitter

@justsometheatre, @TristanBates, #DoppelGang

Writer

Dominic Hedges

Director

Terence Mann

Cast

Lombard/Chico Jake Urry

Cyril/Groucho Jordan Moore

Tommy/Harpo Peter Stone

Rachel/Colette Rachel Hartley

Notes Recommended age 14 plus

Location

Tristan Bates Theatre, 1a Tower Street, London WC2H 9NP

www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

How to get there

Tristan Bates Theatre is located in the Actors Centre on Tower Street. The nearest underground stations are Leicester Square (on the Northern and Piccadilly lines) and Tottenham Court Road (on the Northern and Central lines). The nearest rail station is Charing Cross.

Box Office

Tickets are available priced £16 (£14 concessions) Available from Tristan Bates Theatre Box Office and www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk or 020 3841 6611 or boxoffice@tristanbatestheatre.co.uk

Just Some Theatre Company

Just Some Theatre Company was founded in 2012 by actors Jake Urry and Peter Stone. Their aim was to produce professional theatre productions and provide workshops for young performers. Despite perhaps not being the most opportune time to start a new arts company in the UK, they have continued to grow and develop in many ways. They have since expanded to the team to include Jordan Moore – and three seems to be the magic number as the trio continue to grow their successful portfolio.

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