A Flea In Her Ear
Richard Eyre will direct John Mortimers translation of Georges Feydeaus 1907 classic farce A Flea in Her Ear, opening for previews on 4 December 2010 (press night: 14 December). Starring Tom Hollander with Di Botcher, Jonathan Cake, Oliver Cotton, Lisa Dillon, Freddie Fox, Fiona Glascott, Lloyd Hutchinson, John Marquez, Tim McMullan, William Maxwell, Rebecca Night, Maggie Service and Walter van Dyk, A Flea in Her Ear is a comedy of errors set against a backdrop of misunderstanding and confusion. A Flea in Her Ear is a co-production with Sonia Friedman Productions and is the second play in The Old Vic 2010-11 Season. The Season is sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
When Raymonde Chandebise (Dillon) suspects her husband Victor (Hollander) of having an affair, she enlists her best friend Lucienne (Glascott) to set a trap to catch him out. Their plan misfires when the anonymous letter they send him suggesting a rendezvous at the Hotel Coq dOr leads to a hilarious sequence of mistaken identities and bruised egos. John Mortimers translation of A Flea in Her Ear was originally performed by the National Theatre at The Old Vic in 1966, starring Albert Finney. A subsequent production starring Jim Broadbent was also staged at The Old Vic in 1989.