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The Worcester Repertory Company is back in the glorious Commandery Gardens with this year’s must-see event of the summer; a hijinks-filled rendition of the most successful farce of all time, Brandon Thomas’s utterly hilarious Charley's Aunt.

The Rep’s annual outdoor event has become something of an institution since its first season back in 2007. Director Chris Jaeger, Artistic Director of the Worcester Repertory Company, said, “We are really excited to be back at the Commandery again this year with Brandon Thomas’s sparkling and utterly barmy farce. This is our 11th consecutive summer production at the Commandery and the early reviews say that it’s the funniest yet.”

Charley’s Aunt is arguably the most successful farce of all time. When it opened in 1892 it broke all historic records for plays of any kind, with an original London run of 1,466 performances. “Opening night went down a storm, in spite of rain meaning a last-minute change of location to inside the Great Hall of the Commandery – the audience couldn’t have been better.”

The production stars Rep Associate Director Ben Humphrey as Jack Chesney, and Jamie Kwasnik as Charley Wykeham, two Oxford undergrads who cajole their rascally friend and fellow student ‘Babbs’ (played by Stratford-based actor John-Robert Partridge) to pose as Charley’s Aunt from Brazil (“where the nuts come from”) in order to act as chaperone to their amorous antics, as they try to woo the two girls that they love. Chaos and comic confusion ensue, especially when Charley’s real aunt (played by corps Rep actor Liz Grand) arrives unexpectedly…

Director Chris Jaeger added: “We have an all-star cast: all of last year’s cast are back on stage, with Swan Theatre pantomime stars Lucy-Jane Quinlan and Jamie Kwasnik in addition. And with the weather now set to be fine, audiences will be able to enjoy the show in all of its outdoor glory.”

So pack a picnic, bring a bottle, and prepare to belly laugh your way through a summer evening’s entertainment like no other, all in the glorious surroundings of the Commandery gardens – grab your tickets while you can!

Charley’s Aunt opened on Tuesday the 11th July and runs for two weeks in the Commandery Gardens, Worcester.