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Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt

Adapted by Giles Havergal. Based on Graham Greene's novel.

Product Code: T89000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 4m. (Doubling in a great many roles.)
  • Awards: Laurence Olivier Award

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout Canada, the United States.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$9.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $80/perf

In stock

Synopsis

Graham Greene's touching comic novel has been given an inspired theatrical fulfillment. "It's a thoroughly engrossing evening that starts off looking like theatrical gimmickry but evolves into something far more involving as one is drawn inexorably into the tale. The gimmick is that every member of the cast of four plays the central figure, Henry Pulling, sometimes simultaneously. They also play any number of other characters as well. Henry is a bachelor bank clerk of 30 bored years' tenure—his only pleasure derives from the cultivation of dahlias—who at age 55 reunites with his 75-year-old aunt at his mother's cremation. Aunt Augusta promptly informs him that the deceased was in truth his stepmother, his long-dead father having been something of 'a hound.' The true identity of his mother is a mystery, though less of one by play's end. Aunt Augusta frees Henry from servitude at the bank as they set off on a series of journeys across Europe to Istanbul and, ultimately, to South America. Among the people who will figure significantly in their travels are Augusta's intimate African valet, Wordsworth; her long-lost Italian love, the shady Mr. Visconti; Miss Keene, a spinster who ends up in South Africa yet holds for Henry the possibility of love nearly to the end; a stoned American girl following her boyfriend to Nepal; her father, who shows up in Paraguay and may or may not be a CIA agent; and a randy Irish wolfhound. If all this sounds like an elaborate game of Clue—well, you don't know Graham Greene. Beneath the comedy is a layer of intrigue, and beneath that, a catalog of moral concerns touching on espionage, art smuggling and other issues. In the end, Henry accommodates himself to the equivocations that have brought Aunt Augusta comfortably to where she is. Travels With My Aunt starts off as a lark but ends as a dream gone awry: As Henry Pulling smugly decrees that 'all's right with the world.' we know it is anything but." (Variety)

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code T89000
  • Cast Size 4
  • Min. Royalty Rate $80/perf
  • Cost $9.95
  • Approx. Run Time 110 min

Categories

  • Target Audience High School | College and Adult | Senior Adults
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Senior Theatre | Touring Group
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780871291370
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"Travels With My Aunt is a hilarious play. The audience was swept up with the outrageous characters and comical plot."
Review by Luke Krayenhoff, Actors' Readthrough Theatre, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Production Map

Location City State Opens Closes
William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne New Jersey 4/9/2019 4/14/2019
Lindenwood University Saint Charles Missouri 6/7/2019 6/23/2019