Autumn Season | October - December 2017

THE PASSING OF THE THIRD FLOOR BACK

by Jerome K. Jerome

 
Tuesday, 28 November – Friday, 22 December 2017

The first London production in nearly 70 years of the West End and Broadway success

“Who are you? I know your voice. I hear it in the wind. I hear it in the silence of the night. Who…Who are you?”

In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, a unique rediscovery of The Passing of the Third Floor Back by Jerome K. Jerome, author of Three Men in a Boat.

Christmas in London, 1907. Mrs. Sharpe’s squalid Bloomsbury boarding house plays host to some unscrupulous residents. Vivian is being forced to marry a man she doesn’t love, Harry’s musical career is a laughing-stock, Jape is plotting to swindle the next man he meets, while Stasia, the maid, has almost been forgotten. So their lives go on, until the sudden arrival of a mysterious stranger in search of a room...

Described by its author as “an idle fancy”, the mystical and mysterious The Passing of the Third Floor Back was one of the longest running West End and Broadway hits of its time. The original stage production and silent film version starred the greatest Hamlet of his day – Sir Johnson Forbes-Robertson. In 1935, it was adapted for film again to great acclaim, starring silent screen icon Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari).

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT JEROME K. JEROME

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927) was both novelist and playwright. He remains best known for his 1889 comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat. Depicting three men on a two-week boating holiday along the River Thames, it never been out of print since its publication. It continues to be popular to the present day, with The Guardian ranking it No. 33 of The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time in 2003, and no. 25 in 2015, and Esquire ranking it No. 2 in the 50 Funniest Books Ever in 2009. He also established himself as a playwright on both sides of the Atlantic, writing for a long list of prominent players. The Passing of the Third Floor Back, his first serious play, drew upon his early life experiences of living in a variety of dingy London lodgings. Other notable works include Three Men on the Bummel, On the Stage—and Off, Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow and his autobiographical novel Paul Kelver.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR JONNY KELLY

Director Jonny Kelly returns to the Finborough Theatre following his sell out production of Michael Healey’s Proud in 2016. As co-founder of NorthSEE Theatre, he has recently directed Sid and Viv (Theatre503 and Northern Stage). He was also Assistant Director on both The Hard Man and Unscorched at the Finborough Theatre. Direction includes A is for Ali (Old Red Lion Theatre), Money Womb (Theatre503), The Special Relationship (Southwark Playhouse), Boys Will Be Boys (Soho Theatre), Lies (VAULT Festival), and Call Centre (New Wimbledon Theatre). Associate and Assistant Direction includes assisting Justin Audibert on Flare Path (National Tour) and Nina Raine on Donkey Heart (Trafalgar Studios). He was also the Assistant Director of Papatango Theatre Company for two years. He trained at East 15 Acting School.

THE PRESS ON DIRECTOR JONNY KELLY’S PRODUCTION OF PROUD AT THE FINBOROUGH THEATRE

“Kelly draws us in with acute detail, a director with an eye for nuance in comedy.” ★★★★ London Pub Theatres 


“An intelligent, well directed and informative piece of theatre that must be seen by everyone” A Younger Theatre on Proud 


“With its savvy writing, assured direction and well-rounded characters, Proud works on all fronts, entertaining and thought-provoking in equal measure.” ★★★★★ Female Arts on Proud


TICKETS AND TIMES

Tuesday, 28 November – Friday, 22 December 2017

Tuesday to Saturday Evenings at 7.30pm.
Sunday Matinees at 3.00pm.
Saturday Matinees 3.00pm (from 9 December 2017).

Performance Length: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes with one interval.

Until 10 December 2017

Tickets £16, £14 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £14 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £16 all seats.
Previews (28 and 29 November 2017) £12 all seats.

£10 tickets for Under 30's for performances from Tuesday to Sunday of the first week when booked online only.

£12 tickets for residents of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on Saturday, 2 December 2017 when booked online only.

From 12 December 2017

Tickets £18, £16 concessions

except Tuesday Evenings £16 all seats, and Friday and Saturday evenings £18 all seats. 

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PLEASE NOTE THAT LATECOMERS CANNOT BE ADMITTED AND TICKETS CANNOT BE EXCHANGED OR REFUNDED.

Directed by Jonny Kelly

Presented by NorthSEE Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Casting to be announced.

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