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The McGrigor Hall in Frinton hosts one of America’s most dazzling and delightful comedies from 18th to 22nd July, with a stylish presentation of Barefoot in the Park.

Written by Neil Simon, one of America’s finest comedy writers, Barefoot in the Park follows in the recent footsteps of wonderful productions such as The Odd Couple and Brighton Beach Memoirs, as this most romantic and heart-warming comedy arrives for Frinton Summer Theatre in 2023.

Hitting the big screen in 1967 as a movie starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda, this delicious play tells the story of newly-weds Corie and Paul Bratter as they move into their new apartment at the very top floor of a New York City Brownstone building.

Corie is ever the optimist and Paul (a lawyer) ever the pragmatist – leading to some awkward moments as the happy couple attempt to negotiate their “honeymoon” period. None of this is helped by the almost continual presence of Ethel, Corie’s mother.

This play is packed with some of Simon’s finest comedy lines, but at its heart it’s about two people who love each other – learning how to love each other. For those that love a rom-com, Barefoot in the Park delivers a performance of romance and laughter in equal measure.

Frinton Summer Theatre’s artistic director, Clive Brill, said: “Barefoot in the Park is one of the first and best examples of the romantic comedy genre as we know it today. Neil Simon’s writing stands the test of time as an outstanding reflection of new love finding its way to blossom and bloom. Add a touch of NYC style and 1960s soul and you have all the elements for a wonderful love story. 

 

“We can’t wait to see this inspirational play delight the audiences at The McGrigor Hall this summer as Barefoot in the Park is sure to be one of the most popular productions during the Frinton Summer Theatre season in 2023.”

All evening performances are at 7:30pm, with matinee performances at 2:30pm, and ticket prices range from £20 to £25 for evening shows and from £18 to £23 for matinees, with a 10% discount if you book every show in the McGrigor Hall season.

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