The 1953 play by George S. Kaufman and Howard Teichmann is regarded as an American comedy classic. It premiered in London in 1965, when it starred Margaret Rutherford and Sid James. The 1956 film showcased Judy Holliday and Paul Douglas.
The play tells of a sharp-eared pensioner who happens to hold some shares in a large company. Deciding to go to the firm’s AGM, she proceeds to wreak havoc with the company’s fat cats.
Routledge is best-known for her obsessively prim TV comedy character Hyacinth Bucket in the series “Keeping Up Appearances,” but has a distinguished stage record. She last kept up appearances in the Theatreland as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance Of Being Earnest, and more recently starred in Jean Anouilh’s Wild Orchids at the 2002 Chichester Festival. Funny-man Hudd won an Olivier Award for his turn in the musical Underneath the Arches in 1982, appeared in 2000’s musical version of Charles Dickens’s Hard Times and has also starred in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
Also in the cast are Lucy Briers, Michael Elwyn, Teddy Kempner, Fred Ridgewaye, David Ross, Nich Haverson and Kate-Lynn Hocking. Ian Brown, artistic director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, directs.
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