Actors shown doll’s house-sized model of set ahead of summer season

17th July 2019

The first wave of actors has rolled into a Norfolk seaside resort to prepare for the summer drama season.

Sheringham is one of just a handful of holiday towns still hosting a traditional summer “repertory” season – where a cast team tackles a variety of plays and rolls.

The curtain goes up on July 25 with the farce Funny Money – a fast-moving romp revolving around a briefcase stuffed with £750,000 in stolen cash.

It leaves just days for the professional actors to polish their lines, characters, stage positions and timings ahead of opening night.

Director Gillian King, a Sheringham summer season regular since 2013, said: “It is great to open the season with a classic Ray Cooney farce involving stolen money, wife-swapping and shady police.”

Actors have already learned their lines, so seven long days of intensive rehearsal concentrate on delivering “frenzied, but carefully planned, chaos,” she added.

Preparation work began months ago however, including liaising with set and costume designers for months over the style of the show – set in 1983.

The actors are currently rehearsing at the town’s Lighthouse Church, where the actual stage shape is marked out on the floor with tape. They have been shown a doll’s house sized model of the set to help them visualise the drama, ahead of the final run-throughs in the 160-seat theatre.

Funny Money runs from July 25-31. The other summer dramas are:

  • August 2-7 – Dial M for Murder – Thriller and suspense as a detective and crime writer battle to clear a retired tennis pro’s wife of a murder conviction.
  • August  9-17 – Absurd Person Singular – Alan Ayckbourn black comedy unravelling the Christmas party disasters of three couples on successive years.
  • August 21-28 – Sunkissed – Daisy and Emma’s week of sun and fun is derailed when Daisy meets the husband whose funeral she attended five years earlier.
  • August 30-September 4 – Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense – with Bertie called on to play matchmaker at a country house weekend.