★★★★ “A brilliant bash that will keep you laughing from beginning to end” Time Out


By Van Badham
After La dama boba by Lope de Vega

Directed by Kenneth Moraleda

Falling in love is a no-brainer

From the deliciously wicked pen of Van Badham, who most recently had you in stitches with Banging Denmark, comes an uproarious night out at the theatre that brilliantly lampoons our contemporary obsession with wealth and status, whilst leaving enough time for a selfie session by the pool!

In the well-heeled seaside town of Illescas, the beautiful Otavio sisters – the smart and social climbing Vanessa (Melissa Kahraman, Hubris & Humiliation) and the loveable and, perhaps, not-so-smart Phynayah (Contessa Treffone, On the Beach) – are desperate to save their family from financial ruin. In order to inherit her eccentric uncle’s fortune, Phynayah must get engaged before she turns 30. The catch? These days, suitors don’t just want beauty, they expect brains as well.

Featuring the comedic talents of Arkia Ashraf, Alfie Gledhill, Johnny Nasser (Grand Horizons), Aaron Tsindos (The Tempest), and Megan Wilding (The Importance of Being Earnest), A Fool in Love is an adaptation of Spanish Golden Age playwright Lope de Vega’s classic comedy La dama boba, refreshed and ingeniously infused with a dose of twenty-first century oomph.

Equal parts delightful rom-com and razor-sharp spoof, this production will retain all the joy and revelry of a seventeenth century farce at the same time as putting contemporary gender and class politics under the microscope. Bold, bawdy and gut-bustingly funny, A Fool in Love is social satire at its very cheekiest.

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