Indebted to Chance


It's 1744 and Charlotte Charke, actress, writer, landlady, grocer, pig-rearer, puppet master, highwayman, transvestite and daughter of the famous actor manager Colley Cibber, is rehearsing for a production of The Recruiting Officer.
Indebted to Chance at Old Red Lion Theatre

Image: Old Red Lion Theatre


Overview


Genre: Drama
Venue: Old Red Lion Theatre
Starts: Tuesday 6 November 2018
Closes: Saturday 1 December 2018
Running time:1 hr 05 mins
Age suitability: Not available

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Background


Charlotte Charke disappeared from history soon after her death in 1760.


She was one of the first women in history to live some of her life as a man, both on and off the stage.


She had a chequered life, facing opposition for her choices from every corner of society, but was lauded as one of the great actresses of her day.


She left us an autobiography, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs Charlotte Charke, in which we can glean elements of her life, but much of what is left is from her perspective and, as such, should be taken with a large pinch of salt.


Indebted to Chance schedule as follows:


Week one:

06/11/18 7.30pm Preview

08/11/18 7.30pm

10/11/18 3pm

11/11/18 3pm


Week two:

14/11/18 7.30pm

16/11/18 7.30pm

17/11/18 7.30pm


Week three:

20/11/18 7.30pm

22/11/18 7.30pm

24/11/18 3pm

25/11/18 3pm


Week four:

28/11/18 7.30pm

30/11/18 7.30pm

01/12/18 7.30pm


Synopsis


"It's life, really life, though. All the real things that don't, and can't, exist for us outside this building, off this stage even.


If we're off this stage, then what is there for us?"


It's 1744 and Charlotte Charke, actress, writer, landlady, grocer, pig-rearer, puppet master, highwayman, transvestite and daughter of the famous actor manager Colley Cibber, is rehearsing for a production of The Recruiting Officer with her company at the James Street Tennis Courts.


The self-titled 'nonpareil of the age' somehow finds herself caught up in a misunderstanding and in debtor's jail.


Again.


Can Charlotte talk her way out of prison, off the streets and back into her beloved theatre? 


Indebted to Chance, a new play by Charlie Ryall, takes place between 1741 and 1744, when we know Charlotte was a member of the acting company at the James Street Tennis Courts.


It explores various events in Charlotte's life, including her formative time at Drury Lane under her father, ultimately leading up to what was one of her definitive moments.


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Dates


Previews from:Tuesday 6 November 2018

Closes:Saturday 1 December 2018

Performance days & times


Evening:

Tuesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm


Matinee:

Saturday - 3-00pm

Sunday - 3-00pm


Tickets


Previews:
£10

Standard:

£16


Double-ticket for both Indebted to Chance & The Recruiting Officer £28.


Concessions:

£12

Double-ticket for both Indebted to Chance & The Recruiting Officer £20.


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Creatives


Author: Charlie Ryall
Director: Jenny Eastop
Production: Mercurius Theatre

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