Receiving exceptional national media coverage this production is attracting interest from leading producers for a potential London West End transfer and onward national touring.
Led by Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly and Jonathan Creek), this ensemble cast of six brings to life the story of this most (in)famous of characters from the Georgian age.
With an outstanding design by Andrew D Edwards and composition by Pete Flood (Bellowhead) expectations within the theatre industry around this production are very high.
The Life and Times of Fanny Hill, originally adapted by leading national playwright April de Angelis, is based upon the (in) famous novel by John Cleland considered to be the first pornographic novel in English and prosecuted more than any other publication in history . Written ostensibly for the sexual titillation of men, April set out to consider what might have happened if Fanny had written the book herself.
Thus we see the eponymous (anti)heroine setting out to write her “memoir of a woman of pleasure” for commercial exploitation in much the same way as the Cleland novel. She coerces members of the community, including two young prostitutes to enact scenes from her past as an aide memoir to the telling of her sensational tale. But real life will not be fictionalised in quite the way she desires and the dreadful and dark stories of her “actors” and her own past start to break through, demanding to be both seen and heard…
Told with great humour, this poetic re-imagining retains the often shocking and bawdy elements of the original novel, while revealing the dark underbelly of Georgian society, one far closer to our own than we comfortably might think…