When Clemency Turnip’s Coffee House is closed down for low morals and dealing in illicit gin, her son Jack and his sweetheart, Polly Flinders, find themselves on the mean streets of C18th London, surviving on their wits. For foundling Polly, it’s a path that may see her find the truth of her parentage. For Jack, it’s a road to fame and notoriety as England’s most celebrated highwayman.
Set in the colourful era of Poldark, Tom Jones and Hogarth’s ‘Rake’s Progress’, this rollicking panto comes complete with oodles of audience participation and brimming with period flavour.
Will Dick Turpin find a way to right the manifest wrongs of Olde England? Will Turnip’s Coffee House ever be re-opened? Will moody and smouldering Captain Woss Poldork regain the rights to his Cornish treacle mine? Will villainous merchant banker, Sir Beastlie Fugg get his well-deserved come-uppance? And will true love find a way?
Cast: 8M 7F
plus various cameo roles and extras (easily doubled with the principal roles)
Provision is made in the script for the inclusion of up to 12 musical numbers.
Clemency Turnip, proprietress of Scrattings Coffee House, Gin Lane (the Dame)
Jack Turnip. Afterwards Dick Turpin, a legendary highwayman (principal boy)
Polly Flinders, a foundling. Cinderella in appearance. Eliza Dolittle in character (principal girl)
Hanging Judge Jeffreys, an absolute swine with a past (pantomime villain primus)
Sir Beastlie Fugg, a merchant banker and oily schemer (pantomime villain secundus)
Mrs Birch, superintendent of corrections. Unremittingly wicked harridan.
Captain Woss Poldork. Thrillingly brooding moppet, up from Cornwall. Can’t roll his Rs
The Honourable Fanny Foldarol-Trumpington. Posh totty. Feisty as you like.
Lady Ludelia Foldarol-Trumpington. Fanny’s dowager aunt. Dark secret.
Mr Strappem, the beadle. Bumbling buffoon and brokers’ man.
Biffem, the headborough. Strappem’s thicko sidekick. The other brokers’ man.
Captain Celestius Fopwell, officer of dragoons and conceited Restoration nitwit.
Redrob Davy, a villainous highwayman and all round bad sort.
‘Pretty George’ Prettie. Redrob’s moll and lady highwayman.
Old Mother Thistledown, one-eyed gypsy fortune-teller. Fairy godmother-lite.
Whiffle, a dung-shoveller and cameo role.
Grovel, a lawyer and cameo role.
Snivell, a madhouse-keeper and cameo role.
Beige Bess, a pantomime horse.
Drummer, a redcoat.
Coffee house customers, courtroom mob, inmates of Bedlam, passers-by.
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