For one night only, Saturday 1st June, the one-man show Scaramouche Jones by Justin Butler will be performed at the Chesil Theatre, Winchester and tickets are now available from www.chesiltheatre.org.uk. The piece has played to high acclaim across the country as well as at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Scaramouche Jones is a clown. It is New Year’s Eve 1999 and in a few hours he will be 100 years old. Having played mime for 50 years, he chooses to break silence and tell the world his story, which is also the story of the world in the first half of the 20th century. Funny and tragic in turns, the tale moves from his birth in the Caribbean, to Africa and a snake charmer with a penchant for Gilbert and Sullivan, to sea with a Rear Admiral of the Italian Navy, to Karkow jail, and worse until – finally – he is allowed to live in England.
Scaramouche Jones is played by local actor Neil Gwynne. His most recent appearances have included Mr Braddock in The Graduate at the Nuffield Theatre, Sir Lucius O’Trigger in The Rivals at the Theatre Royal Winchester last year and, aptly, Clown 1 in The 39 Steps at the Minack Theatre, Cornwall. Neil said: “Having seen the late Pete Postlethwaite in the role several years ago, I was instantly attracted to this piece of powerful and imaginative writing. Scaramouche Jones is an extraordinary and original creation.”
This guest production is being performed in aid of the Chesil Theatre Development Appeal to raise funds to extend and improve this much-loved local arts venue. Tickets at £10 are available online from www.chesiltheatre.org.uk, by telephone 0644 8700 887, or by post to Chesil Theatre, Chesil Street, Winchester SO23 0HT. The performance starts at 7.45pm and is not suitable for children under 14 years old.
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