Messing about on the river

Three Men In A Boat is based on the book by Jerome K Jerome
Three Men In A Boat is based on the book by Jerome K Jerome
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The Nuffield Theatre welcomes a truly terrific tale about three chaps messing about on the river.

Produced by The Original Theatre Company, Three Men In A Boat comes to the Southampton venue as part of its visiting company season.

The show follows three friends, J, Harris and George, accompanied by their faithful canine companion Montmorency who just need to get away from it all.

In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life, the adventurous trio decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate. The holiday, however, quickly unravels and descends into chaos.

Three Men In A Boat arrives at the Nuffield Theatre, following a sell-out tour in 2012, and is on tour again this year which marks the 125th anniversary year of the original publication of Jerome K Jerome’ book on which the production is based.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome’s ripping yarn of youthful friendship, mischief and folly celebrates the very essence of Britishness.

In Craig Gilbert’s stage adaptation, this classic tale of boating misadventure comes complete with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a lot of physical comedy.

Alastair Whatley, director of the Original Theatre Company, said: ‘Jerome K Jerome has been accused of writing the funniest book of all time. Now, 125 years later, it still has the power to make people laugh uncontrollably in public.’

The cast of Three Men In A Boat includes Anna Westlake, Tom Hackney and Alastair Whatley. The production also features set design by Victoria Spearing, lighting by Alan Valentine, sound by Giles Thomas, movement by Matt Bugg and musical direction by Tim Van Eyken.

Three Men In A Boat comes to The Nuffield Theatre, Southampton from September 30 - October 4 and tickets are on sale now priced £10-£25.

Visit or call (023) 8067 1771 for details and to book tickets.