facebook play-alt chevron-thin-right chevron-thin-left cancel location info chevron-thin-down star-full help-with-circle calendar images mail whatsapp directions_car directions_bike train directions_walk directions_bus close spinner11
# I MISS THEATRE
Are you missing theatre as much as we are? Support us now with Theatre Tokens and see your favourite shows when they reopen.

In The Club

First Published 17 April 2008, Last Updated 21 April 2008

What do you get if you cram a hotel room with an MEP, a sexy Russian secretary, a spying official, a corrupt Turk, a sex-crazed French woman, a racist Yorkshireman and – of course – an archbishop? The set-up for political sex farce In The Club at Hampstead. Jo Fletcher-Cross was in the first night audience to watch the bedroom-swapping action.

 

Philip Wardrobe (James Fleet) is the MEP for Northamptonshire, a position he enjoys immensely, particularly as few of his constituents really know who he is. His wife, Nicola (Carla Mendonça) is flying in from Kettering that afternoon so they can make a baby. But before that, a busy morning fiddling expense accounts, faking letter bombs and accepting bribes from a Turkish envoy lies ahead.

With the help of his gorgeous and exceptionally capable Russian illegal immigrant PA Sasha (Sian Brooke), he negotiates his way through a series of potentially difficult situations, compounded by the arrival of his friend Eddie (Richard Moore), the genial but racist and homophobic UK Independence Party MEP for West Riding, who is sleeping in Philip’s hotel room to save on expenses. The introduction of the randy Beatrice Renard, (Anna Francolini) who is in love with Philip, and a fraud investigator who sits in the cupboard for the entire play gathering evidence against all of them, causes confusion and embarrassment, and some terrible misunderstandings.

A beautiful and convincing cream and brown luxury Strasbourg hotel room, designed by Jonathon Fensom, is the setting for the farcical capers, with the requisite over-abundance of doors to run in and out of; a bedroom on either side, a linen cupboard and a double door leading to the corridor, together with lots of chairs, numerous props including furry handcuffs and a fluorescent pink sex toy (sent by a constituent who wants to complain to the European Court Of Human Rights about the motor, which doesn’t have the required torque to “drive the action of the head”), a glass of iced water in which Philip is constantly dipping a certain part of his anatomy (to help in his quest to make a baby) and a suitcase full of Euros. The potential for chaos is enormous.

Director David Grindley certainly keeps everyone running around, and the cast work hard to keep all their balls, literally and figuratively, in the air. If you believe the European Parliament is a hotbed of scandal, corruption and intrigue, you won’t find any arguments here.

In The Club is at Hampstead until 25 August.

JFC

 

 

Share

Sign up

Related articles

If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.