剧本阅读- Charley’s Aunt by Brandon Thomas
HK English Speaking Union
- (一) 16-12-2013 7:15 PM - 2 小时
Charley's Aunt was first produced at the Royalty Theatre in London on October 21, 1892. It premiered
in New York City at the Standard Theatre on October 2, 1894. Ever since then Brandon Thomas’s
sparkling comedy has been a perennial favourite on the British and American stages for its farcical
and frivolous, but witty, comic style. It concerns two lively Oxford undergraduates Jack Chesney and
Charley Wykeham. Charley loves Miss Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They
invite the ladies to meet Charley's wealthy aunt from Brazil, "where the nuts come from". By calling
off her planned visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into terrible confusion.
What do they do now? The problem is solved by forcing their lazy, aristocratic undergraduate friend
Fancourt Babberley to impersonate Charley’s Aunt wearing the black satin skirt, bloomers and wig
he has been trying on for a fancy dress party. As "Charley's Aunt", this charming frump is introduced
to the ladies, to Jack's father and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy's guardian. When the real aunt turns up,
classic comic confusion reigns as Babbs, posing as "Charley's Aunt", tricks Spettigue into agreeing
to the marriage of his ward. In typical comic happy ending the real aunt marries Jack's father, Jack
gets Miss Verdun, and Fanny Babs regains the fortune he lost at gambling as well as the girl he loves.
This reading is a light-hearted event similar to the traditional British Christmas pantomime, which also
involves farce and cross-dressing. Come and celebrate the Christmas tradition of pantomime drama.