Trumpets and Raspberries

07 February 2017 - 04 March 2017
  • "Get yourself on the Piccadilly Line immediately – you really must see this!"
    ★★★★ Everything Theatre

    Venue:  Studio Theatre

    Tickets:  From £10

    Take one failed kidnap attempt, two men (with the same face) and one very confused wife. Add a puzzled girlfriend, plus a completely incapable police force, and you have the recipe for Dario Fo's hilarious farce Trumpets and Raspberries. Overheat completely and serve at a frenetic pace.

    Combining hilarious physical comedy with witty satire, Dario Fo’s Trumpets and Raspberries is a high-energy farce that combines laugh-out loud gags with a strong political message.

    The fictional plot revolves around real political figure, Gianni Agnelli, set against the backdrop of 1980s Italy. When wealthy Agnelli is injured in a failed kidnap attempt, he is rescued by humble Antonio, one of his employees. Antonio flees the scene when people start shooting at him, leaving his jacket on Agnelli’s body. The rich and influential Agnelli is taken to hospital in Antonio’s jacket, where he mistakenly has his face reconstructed in the poor Antonio’s likeness. Chaotic confusion ensues as Antonio finds himself the chief suspect in a kidnap plot - against himself!

    Acclaimed actor Rob Crouch joins forces Chickenshed in the first major staging of this rarely seen work since Dario Fo’s death in October 2016.

    Dario Fo was one of the key figures of European theatre and literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. A writer who ‘scourged authority while upholding the dignity of the powerless’, he was a thorn in the side of the political elite and ruling classes of Italy and beyond and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997.

    Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual current events, is absolutely, purely and totally coincidental...

    Ticket Information

    Previews (7 - 8 Feb) - All tickets £10 (inc. concs)
    Standard Matinee & Evening - £15 (£12 concs) | School Matinees £10
    Peak Matinee & Evening - £18 (£15 concs)

    Running time: 2hrs including interval
    Ages 11+


    Special Events

    Mon 13 Feb - Pre-show discussion with the creative team, 6.30pm
    Mon 20 Feb - Commedia and Dario Fo workshop, time TBC

    Workshops and talks for schools available on request.


    Access Performances

    Sign Interpreted: Saturday 25 February at 7.30pm
    Captioned: Tuesday 28 February at 7.30pm


    Audio Notes

    Audio notes for the show are available here, comprising a description of the set, costumes and characters, together with production credits and other notes.


    Trumpets and Raspberries is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD. Trumpets and Raspberries by Dario Fo. Adapted and Translated by R C McAvoy and A M Giugni.

  • Reviews & Audience Quotes

    '...a talented team of actors bring this absurd comedy of errors to a majestic life. Get yourself on the Piccadilly Line immediately – you really must see this!'
    ★★★★ Everything Theatre - read full review

    'Stein's inventive staging and the fast-talking, standout comic performances deliver a welcome Fo revival'
    ★★★ The Stage - read full review

    'Funny and very inventive.'

    'Unique, different and funny.'

    'A tour de force.'

    'Funniest play I've seen in years.'

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