Barbara Cartland – In The Pink is at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing from Thursday June 18th to Saturday June 20th.
It’s 1981 – the year of that Royal wedding, when Charles married Diana. The real drama, though, is at Barbara Cartland’s lavish mansion. When Barbara’s pet Pekinese vanishes, Ruth, a hard-bitten journalist from the Sunday Intruder, suspects foul play. Was it the drunken maid, the frustrated chef or the spinster secretary? Will High Tea ever be the same?
In amongst the farcical escapades of her eccentric household, are flashbacks which reveal the true nature of this iconic pink Dame whose life spanned the twentieth century. We see a young Barbara in her heyday as the glamorous ‘It Girl’ of the 1920s and we learn of her pioneering political campaign work and daring sense of fun. There are also glimpses of the many tragedies that befell Barbara Cartland throughout her life.
And, of course, there’s got to be a love-struck hero and heroine – manly Maximus Kirby and lovely Lavinia Davenport – who spring to life from the latest manuscript. ‘Oh Maximus!’. ‘Oh Lavinia!’. Oh do be quiet.
You may not have read her books but that won’t spoil your fun. With a cast of excellent professional actors and written by Worthing playwrights Ann Feloy and Caroline Maxwell, Leaping Hare Productions brings you this laughter-filled entertainment that will make you think twice about the Barbara Cartland you thought you knew. There was so much more to her than false eyelashes and pink chiffon.
Tickets are: £14.50, concessions £1.50 discount and Friends at £12.00.
Show times: Thursday June 18th at 7.30 pm, Friday June 19th at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm and Saturday June 20th at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm.
The Connaught Theatre is at 3 Union Place, Worthing.