High-flying comedy at Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre

Boeing Boeing at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich.

Boeing Boeing at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich. - Credit: submitted

Norwich's Maddermarket Theatre is reaching for the skies in the latest show to take to the city venue's stage.

The comedy Boeing Boeing - written by French playwright Marc Camoletti - opens at the Maddermarket Theatre tomorrow night and runs until January 31.

It tells the tale of an American architect called Bernard who is living in Paris, having the time of his life - and engaged to three stewardesses from three different airlines.

None of the air stewardesses are aware of each other's existence - but chaotic complications arise when the new, faster Boeing aircraft causes changes to flight schedules, and Robert, an old school friend of Bernard's, comes to stay.

The show is directed by Rob Morris who himself is no stranger to the skies.


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Mr Morris is a former British Army paratrooper and commercial helicopter pilot.

But in his latest role as director he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground.

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About the show, Mr Morris said: 'Bringing hilarious comedy and quality farce to the audience of the Maddermarket Theatre is every bit as challenging as being an airborne bus driver. Fares please.'

Meanwhile one of the cast members, Christopher Neal, who plays Robert in the Maddermarket production, has his pilot's licence and flies light aircraft as a hobby.

The first ever production of Boeing Boeing had its premiere in December 1960 at the Théâtre de la Comédie-Caumartin, in Paris.

In 1991 the Guinness Book of Records had the play listed as the most performed French play throughout the world, and a recent revival of Boeing Boeing in London received two Olivier Award nominations.

• Boeing Boeing opens at the Maddermarket Theatre tomorrow night and runs until Saturday, January 31.

Tickets £8-£12.

For more information and to book visit www.maddermarket.co.uk

• Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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