While the Sun Shines (orangetreetheatre.co.uk)
‘While The Sun Shines’

London in the Blitz, and identities get confused: time to make hay...

A revival of Terence Rattigan’s war time
farce. ‘While the sun shines Was a
smash hit in the West End when it first came out in 1943, and the fact it’s still
getting laughs more than 70 years later proves Rattigan to be an exceptional comedy
writer.


On the eve of his wedding
the young Earl of Harpenden (Bobby to his friends) makes the mistake of inviting
Joe - a drunken American Lieutenant, to spend the night in his apartment.
Things start to go wrong the next morning when the Earl decides to set up Joe
(the Lieutenant) with Mabel Crum, a former girlfriend with a penchant for
Americans.

However when The Earls fiancée
the charming Lady Elizabeth unexpectedly turns up at the flat (fresh from an
evening of intense conversation with a young French officer) Joe make his move
thinking she must be Mabel and throws Bobby’s marriage plans into disarray.

To further complicate matter
the French officer with whom Elizabeth had such a lovely chat also decides to
show up and pledge his affections

And as if all that wasn’t enough
Bobby’s future father in law The duke of Ayr and Stirling (A cash strapped
aristo with a penchant for the gee-gees) decides to pay his daughter a visit,
and as I’m sure you can imagine much chaos ensues…

Side splittingly funny and
fabulously Non PC, ‘While the sun shines’ bubbles with witty one liners and satirical digs at the English upper classes.

Set
and costume were on point and the cast were all excellent, although Julian Moore-Cook
as the American Lieutenant Joe Mulvaney and Michael Lumsdan’s portrayal of the
Duke of Ayr and Stirling - aka the father in law from hell, were truly memorable.

Overall a fantastic
production, and a really enjoyable evening, I can honestly say this is one of
the best comedy’s I’ve seen all year!

While the sun shines is on at
the Orange tree theatre Richmond until July 26th