Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress
in his charming converted French farmhouse, whilst his wife,
Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare
gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along too, to
provide the alibi.
It's foolproof; what could possibly go wrong? Well.... suppose Robert
turns up not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and
Jacqueline are secret lovers, and consequently determined that Jacqueline
will NOT leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook has to pretend to be the
mistress, and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone's alibi
gets confused with everyone else's. An evening of hilarious confusion
ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.
"The labyrinthine twists and turns are liberally sprinkled with jokes,
amiably roared to keep everyone giggling...It gives the whole cast the
chance to enjoy themselves going over the top....The performance is
a delight." - Daily Telegraph
"I found myself having two of the most rib-tickling hilarious hours I
have spent in the theatre in some time. It's amazing what the right
combination of smart writing, polished acting and slick direction can do
to energize a tired genre...A text book example of how to create the
perfect farce." - Chicago Style Magazine
Don't Dress for Dinner was first presented n the West End by Mark
Furness Ltd at the Apollo Theatre in London, England, in 1991. It
was directed by Peter Farago.