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A Flea in Her Ear

A Flea in Her Ear

Georges Feydeau; Translated by John Mortimer

Oberon Books


“Where does one begin in praising Feydeau? Perhaps with the thrift and beauty of his plotting...The result is a heartlessly funny evening of whirlwind insanity; and my new year wish is that we return to a genre that Eric Bentley once dubbed "the quintessence of theatre.” –Guardian


“Blissfully funny...Beautifully mounting delirium of split-second synchronicities, ridiculous revolving beds, and myriad misunderstandings, the hilarity heightened by the wit” –The Independent


Eccentric and hilarious, Georges Feydeau’s much loved comedy mixes madness, mayhem, fun and frivolity. When the beautiful wife of Victor Chandebise suspects of having an affair, she enlists the help of her dearest friend to entrap him. Their plan to entice him to a rendezvous at the Hotel Coq D'or spectacularly misfires and chaos ensues. Set in the decadent surroundings of Belle Époque Paris, Feydeau's quintessential farce promises to be an exhilarating even of mistaken identities and comic disaster.


Georges Feydeau is best known for his enduring farces, such as A Flea in her Ear, yet he wrote over 20 monologues for actors to perform at charity concerts and in fashionable drawing rooms.


John Mortimer was born in 1923 in London. A barrister, playwright, novelist and raconteur - he is best known for his 'Rumpole of the Bailey' stories. He is also the author of numerous film scripts including Cider with Rosie and Zeffirelli's Tea with Mussolini. His best known play is the autobiographical 'A Voyage round my Father', which was televised in 1982, with Laurence Olivier as the father, now published by Oberon to coincide with a production at the Donmar Theatre.


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