Don't Dress For Dinner
Don't Dress for Dinner


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Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre

Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1FN

Monday 22nd - Saturday 27th May


Hilarious Boulevarde comedy – a slick and very sophisticated farce

by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon

Director: Steve Smith 

Don't Dress for Dinner

Expecting his wife to be away, Bernard has arranged a romantic weekend at his converted farmhouse with his Parisian mistress. As a cover story, he has also invited his best friend. A Cordon Bleu Chef is on her way to prepare gourmet delights. What might happen when his wife cancels her weekend at short notice? Only in farce and only in France!

Monday 22nd May at 7:30pm
Tuesday 23rd May at 7:30pm
Wednesday 24th May at 7:30pm
Thursday 25th May at 7:30pm
Friday 26th May at 7:30pm
Saturday 27th May at 7:30pm
Tickets are available via the online booking system with concessions available for full time students, those in receipt of a pension, Talisman members and group bookings (for parties of 10 or more).  


Bernard – Paul Sully

Jacqueline – Kim Arnold
Robert – Jack Sargent
Suzette – Sharon Sully
Suzanne – Paige Phelps
George – Galli Donaldson


Director – Steve Smith
Set Designer – John Ellam
Lighting Designer– Peter Weston
Sound Designer – Colin Thomas
Stage Manager – Wendy Elliot
Wardrobe – Sam Harris and Katie-Anne Ray
Props – Emi Burrows
Fight Director – James Harris




As a lifelong lover of France and all things French, I only had to read the first few pages of the script of Don’t Dress for Dinner to know that I really wanted to direct it.

The play is a Boulevarde Comedy, a style originating in Paris in the 19th Century, developing quite separately from more upper-class theatre. Boulevarde plays can be serious or comic and this one is very comic – approximating to farce in English – though, being French, rather more sophisticated than the Whitehall farces associated with Brian Rix in the middle and later part of the last Century.

Boulevarde plays avoid subjects connected to politics or religion, indeed anything that might be regarded as controversial. The characters are very broadly described, The Husband, the Wife, the Mistress, the Friend, the Cook, and the Cook’s Husband, as in this play.

The original French version of the play “Pajamas pour Six” by Marc Camoletti ran for two years in Paris and the Robin Hawdon adaptation, which we present here, ran for an amazing six years in the West End. Quite a provenance for any play.

So please sit back and enjoy the hilarious French-infused duplicity, chaos, and confusion of Don’t Dress for Dinner!

Steve Smith – Director



Talisman Theatre and Arts Centre

Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1FN

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