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Golf tournament farce tees off to a British audience for first time at Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 August 2017

Fox on the Fairway

Fox on the Fairway

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You don’t have to know your birdie from your bogey to enjoy a “hilarious farce” about a golf club, which is being premiered to a British audience for the first time.

Ottilie Mackintosh and Romayne Andrews. Picture: Queen's Theatre Ottilie Mackintosh and Romayne Andrews. Picture: Queen's Theatre

A Fox on the Fairway, a tale centred on an annual golf tournament between two rival country clubs, will be performed at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from August 25-September 16.

Director Philip Wilson said: “Farces are silly and fun but technically they’re difficult and a lot of work goes into producing them.

“The production comes to Hornchurch just in time for a bit of escapism during the summer.”

The fast-paced play focuses on the difficult position that president of the Quail Valley Country Club, Bingham, finds himself in, after discovering his star player is now on his opponent Dickie’s side. Bingham has wagered his wife’s antique shop on the outcome of the tournament.

Left to right: Sarah Quist, Damien Matthews, Ottilie Mackintosh, Romayne Andrews, Simon Lloyd and Natalie Walter. Picture: Queen's Theatre Left to right: Sarah Quist, Damien Matthews, Ottilie Mackintosh, Romayne Andrews, Simon Lloyd and Natalie Walter. Picture: Queen's Theatre

Fortunately for him though, his new young assistant, Justin, is a great golfer. But with his eyes set on Louise, the waitress at the clubhouse, will his full attention be on winning the game or winning her heart for good?

Topped off with bad 
weather and Bingham’s wife catching him too close to his gorgeous sex-starved vice president, there is plenty to be dealing with throughout the production.

Philip said: “Even though it’s set around a golf tournament, it could be taking place around any other sport or any competition, because it’s not really about the contest itself but the people and their relationships.

“You don’t have to be an expert at golf to enjoy the show, it’s got something in there for everyone!”

A Fox on the Fairway was written by Ken Ludwig, 
one of America’s most performed playwrights. He is responsible for work including Lend me a Tenor, The Game’s Afoot, Leading Ladies, Be My Baby
 and Shakespeare in Hollywood.

Mr Ludwig has won two Olivier Awards, two Tony Awards, three Tony Award nominations, two Helen Hayes Awards, the Edgar Award, the Edwin Forest Award, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and an honorary doctorate from York University.

Philip teamed up with the great playwright to turn his American comedy into a British classic so it could be relatable to audiences in the UK.

He said: “Although he’s an American, Ken has got quite a British sense of humour so it was more of the phrases and terminology that needed changing rather than the actual play itself.

“He’s very talented and this is another great piece of work from him.”

Ottilie Mackintosh, who 
plays Louise, and Romayne Andrews, who stars as Justin, were both also excited at the prospect of performing the funny tale.

Romayne said: “My agent got in touch with this exciting project after I loved reading the script and I got to share some of my own ideas about the character of Justin.

“What drives him in the play is love and the thought of Louise, which is great, and that’s what made me attracted to the show. I think Ken could see that I was passionate about Justin and the play.”

The pair have starred in many productions including The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, The Notebook of Trigorin, The Level of Being and Divine Chaos of Starry Things.

This will be the first time that A Fox on the Fairway will be performed to a British audience so those who visit the Queen’s Theatre will be some of the first in the country to see it.

Philip said: “It’s a funny world that we live in sometimes and I want to hear people laughing 
for the couple of hours that they are watching this hilarious farce.

“It’s a funny, silly and quick-witted show that will keep you on your feet.”

To buy tickets visit queens-theatre.co.uk

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