Players looking for a doctor in the house

Banbury Cross Players will perform It Runs in the Family at the Mill Arts Centre from February 3 - 6. Photo by Jim Muller NNL-160115-113631001
Banbury Cross Players will perform It Runs in the Family at the Mill Arts Centre from February 3 - 6. Photo by Jim Muller NNL-160115-113631001
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The alarmist headline may make you concerned for the health of Banbury Cross Players, but they are instead getting ready for some medical mayhem.

There’ll be plenty of infectious antics when the group performs the classic Ray Cooney farce It Runs in the Family at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury from Wednesday, February 3, to Saturday, February 6.

Dr David Mortimore is putting the final touches to his imminent address to a neurologists’convention –which will probably earn him a knighthood.

But the situation gets tricky when old flame, Jane Tate, arrives andannounces that their liaison 18 years ago resulted in a son, Leslie, who is downstairs and desperateto meet his dad.

Frantic to hide this catastrophic news from his wife, Rosemary and the hospital authorities, David is forced to invent not one but two non-existent husbands for Jane.

To complicate matters, preparations are well advanced for the hospital pantomime.

Add to this a police sergeant, awandering senile patient, an assortment of (real or otherwise) matrons and a syringe full oftranquiliser, the scene is set for a hilariously entertaining evening’s theatre.

A spokesman for the gtoup said: “BCP are delighted to introduce four talented actors making their debut for the company in thisproduction.

“Hilary Beaton playing Jane Tate, Fraser McMinn, playing Dr Connolly, Zoe Pickworth playing the Sister and Isaac Stuart playing David’s long lost son Leslie join the line-up of this fast-paced farce.

“Director Terry Gallager, is enjoying putting his 12 strong cast through their paces and is particularly pleased with, for the first time in his theatrical career, the scale model of the set he has to work with – courtesy of set designer Peter Bloor.

“Very handy for knowing where thoseessentials of Farce are – the doors!”

Tickets for the show cost between £10 and £11.

They are available in advance by calling the box office on 01295 279002 or alternatively visit www.the
millartscentre.co.uk/cms/event/81951.