Quality Street by J.M.Barrie
Re-imagined in a new version by Jez Pike
From the creator of Peter Pan comes a play so irresistible they named chocolates after it!
Regency England; a time of balls, bonnets and dashing gallants. Prepare for a sweeping romantic comedy about love, forgiveness and mistaken identities.
As England’s young men fight on the fields of Europe, the women of Quality Street are engaged in their own battle. Not against Napoleon; against the clock. They must secure a husband and a future before society calls time. Phoebe has Valentine in her sights and when he declares an imminent announcement the wedding dress is already being measured up. Yet love does not always declare itself openly and a heart, once broken, may never heal. If Valentine and Phoebe are ever to be together they must first endure the merry-go-round of saying anything but what they actually mean, and being anyone but who they truly are.
Barrie’s rarely seen original is a charming blend of the warmth of Jane Austen and the wit of Oscar Wilde. The original London production ran for 459 performances and was so popular Mackintosh’s named their new brand of chocolates after it. Written three years before Peter Pan, its creators trademark themes – the joys of innocent youth and the pains of growing older - are given a playful first outing.
Jez Pike’s new version affectionately re-imagines this Edwardian classic to give full voice to the women of Quality Street as they seek to define themselves by their own terms.
“Was I born to be confined within these four walls? Are they the world, Susan, or is there anything beyond them? I want to know.”
Suitable for ages 7+
Approximate Running Time: 2 hours, plus interval.