Northern Broadsides present a new adaptation of Alain-Rene Lesage’s Turcaret, by Blake Morrison, entitled For Love or Money at the Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, next month.
It is set in a small town in Yorkshire where a beautiful widow is being wooed by two suitors.
Fresh from the City and with endless money to dispose of, the older one showers her with gifts – which the younger (handsome, impecunious, an inveterate gambler) wants to put to better use. But money’s a slippery commodity and all is not quite as it seems. Throw in a bailiff, a drunkard, a vamp, a second-hand clothes dealer and two upwardly mobile servants, and the complications multiply.
2017 marks the 25th anniversary of Northern Broadsides and For Love or Money will be the final touring production to be directed by artistic director, Barrie Rutter, who will be stepping down from his role in April 2018.
Northern Broadsides officially began in 1992 when Rutter assembled some of the cast of Trackers and created the new company.
For Love or Money’s cast will feature Sarah-Jane Potts (Sugar Rush, Kinky Boots), Jos Vantler (King Lear, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang), Matthew Booth (Richard III, When We Are Married), Sarah Parks (RSC’s Henry V), Kat Rose-Martin (The Mighty Atoms), Jim English (Richard III), Jacqueline Naylor (The Railway Children) and of Barry Rutter (King Lear, Rutherford & Son) takes a role as well as directing.
Tickets for the performances, which run from Wednesday to Saturday, October 18 to 20, are available now by calling the box office on 01284 769505 or online, www.theatreroyal.org