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Group feels there’s no place like Rome

funny business ... front from left, Margaret Gray as Domina, David Wilkinson as Senex, Frances Wood as Philia and Daniel Gibson as Hero, with, back, Grayson Wood as Captain Miles Gloriosus, Alan Tomkins as Pseudolus, Lawrence Clark as Hysterium and Erronius, alias Michael Hall.

funny business ... front from left, Margaret Gray as Domina, David Wilkinson as Senex, Frances Wood as Philia and Daniel Gibson as Hero, with, back, Grayson Wood as Captain Miles Gloriosus, Alan Tomkins as Pseudolus, Lawrence Clark as Hysterium and Erronius, alias Michael Hall.

A THEATRE group in South Tyneside is going back in time for its latest production.

Members of Jarrow Musical Theatre Company are performing farcical musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The 1962 musical, set in ancient Rome, was inspired by the farces of Roman playwright Plautus and was made into a film in 1966.

Written by Stephen Sondheim, Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart, it tells the story of slave Pseudolus and his attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door.

It runs at Jarrow Community Centre, in the town’s Cambrian Street, from tomorrow to Friday.

The show’s director, Michelle Coulson, said: “This is such a hilarious show, and it’s been so much fun to rehearse, so I hope people have just as much fun coming along to watch it.

“I really think people will have a good laugh. The show has won many Tony Awards, for things like best musical and best book, and the music is by Stephen Sondheim and it’s really catchy.

“The most famous song from it is probably A Comedy Tonight, which is one that a lot of people know but don’t realise is from this show.

“It’s a very farcical show, and it has a bit of everything. There’s a father and son who fall in love with the same girl, mistaken identity and lots of big laughs.”

The show is Michelle’s first with Jarrow Musical Theatre Company.

She added: “I really have had a lot of fun working on this show with the company, and we’ve got a great cast. I’m sure it’ll be a great night out for everyone who comes along to see it.”

The show can be seen at 7pm each night.

Tickets cost £8. To book or for further details, call 428 0873.

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