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London Assurance

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London Assurance is a delightful comedy that offers a glimpse into the extravagant world of high society in 19th century England. The play follows the antics of Sir Harcourt Courtly, a middle-aged dandy who is determined to marry a young heiress, despite already being married. The witty dialogue and clever plot twists keep the audience entertained throughout, and the talented cast brings the colorful characters to life with vigor and charm.

The humor in London Assurance is sharp and timeless, poking fun at the frivolity and pretensions of the upper classes. The play is a refreshing escape into a world of ballrooms, country estates, and romantic entanglements, where appearances are everything and love often takes a backseat to social expectations.

Overall, London Assurance is a delightful romp that will leave audiences laughing and entertained. With its lively characters, witty dialogue, and farcical plot, this play is a must-see for anyone looking for a light-hearted and enjoyable evening at the theater.

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This fast-paced Victorian farce is at heart a comedy of manners. Dion Bouciault’s witty dialogue ridicules the pretensions of society as the plot sets up the unpleasant initial situation of the aging, vain Sir Harcourt Courtly being set by a special provision of her father’s will to marry 18-year-old Grace Harkaway. The situation quickly escalates upon their arrival at Oak Hall to seal the engagement as more increasingly zany minor characters are added and romantic complications ensue. Double courtship and comic deception abound in this high-spirited comedy. Cast List Sir Harcourt Courtly Andrew James Charles Courtly Cavaet Dazzle Adrian Stephens Max Harkaway ToddHW Grace Harkaway Elise Dee Lady Gay Spanker Kelly S. Taylor Mr. Adolphus "Dolly" Spanker Alan Mapstone Mark Meddle Andrew Gaunce Pert Colleen McMahon Cool Tomas Peter James Tchaikovsky Martin Wayne Cooke Solomon Isaacs Larry Wilson Stage Directions Mike Manolakes

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