Thornton Wilder’s famous and hugely popular play The Matchmaker comes to Retford Little Theatre from 17th to 24th November.
Few plays can have had such a chequered history. It began life in 1885 as an English one-act farce. An Austrian playwright then expanded it into a full length comedy. Thornton Wilder later adapted it into an Americanised comedy called The Merchant of Yonkers, later rewriting it extensively to become The Matchmaker which took Broadway and London’s West End by storm in 1955.
The play had another reincarnation in the 1960s when it was transformed into a very successful stage and later film musical called Hello, Dolly!
The Matchmaker in question is Mrs Dolly Levi, a widow who brokers marriages and other transactions in Yonkers, New York. The play portrays a series of slapstick situations involving mistaken identities, secret rendezvous behind carefully placed screens, separated lovers and so much more comic and farcical mayhem and confusion. In the end, all parties find perfect matches. The Matchmaker has done her job — and achieved more than she expected!
Producer Liz Williams has attracted a large cast and promises spectacular costumes and a turn of the 20th century setting for this great American farce.
Call 01777 702002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.