Patricia Hodge sets her sights on a bit of a gamble in Dandy Dick

Actress Patricia Hodge is a bit of a renaissance woman whose career spans many such diverse roles in shows such as The Naked Civil Servant with John Hurt, The Falkland Plays, as Margaret Thatcher and she won herself a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the production of Money at the Royal National Theatre. For many others today Patricia will be best known for her portrayal of Miranda’s mother in the BBC comedy of the same name. Now, however, Patricia is about to pick up the reins as Georgina in the classic 1887 comedy, Dandy Dick.

Dandy Dick tells the hilarious story of the Very Reverend Augustin Jedd, a pillar of Victorian respectability, who preaches regularly against the evils of horseracing and gambling.  However, a visit from his tearaway sister, Georgiana, leads him to risk all at the races, much against his better judgement. Mayhem ensues, with romantic intrigue, mistaken identity and a runaway horse.  Patricia is joined by Nicholas Le Prevost, whose distinguished stage career includes many productions at the National Theatre, including My Fair Lady, for which he was nominated for an Olivier Award, and, most recently, The Misanthrope with Keira Knightley in the West End, will star as the Dean.

Director Christopher Luscombe said, “We’re thrilled to be staging Dandy Dick, a glorious British comedy written 125 years ago... It is a rarely seen treasure that so richly deserves to be enjoyed by modern audiences in search of quality and entertainment in an evening out at the theatre.

Howard Panter for ATG said, “There is a renaissance happening in regional theatre, and we have undoubtedly seen a shift from the centre of the theatrical landscape being London – from Sussex to Scotland and everything in between, audiences are keen to see quality plays without travelling many miles for the pleasure. We recently saw play box office records smashed in both Manchester and Glasgow with Zach Braff’s All New People, and the National Theatre’s hit One Man, Two Guvnors saw a flood of new bookers in Birmingham and Aylesbury, proving that play-going audiences are out there. Dandy Dick, starring two of our most beloved and funny actors, Patricia Hodge and Nicholas Le Prevost, is just the kind of great night at the theatre our audiences are demanding.”

Tue 7 – Sat 11 August @ 7.30pm
Wed, Thu & Sat mats @ 2.30pm
Tickets: £12 - £27
Box Office 0844 871 7647 (Bkg fee)