The Magistrate at Bo'ness!

The Magistrate

Falkirk Community Trust is once again delighted to welcome the National Theatre to Scotland’s first purpose built cinema this month, the Hippodrome. Thanks to satellite technology, live broadcasts from the internationally renowned National Theatre in London can now be simultaneously streamed to venues all over the world, and local audiences can experience a London Theatre experience in the comfort and convenience of our historic picture palace on Thursday 17th January.

The Magistrate by Arthur Wing Pinero stars Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun) in the title role of this uproarious Victorian farce, with Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll (After the Dance) as his wife Agatha. The director is Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London).

Well, when I heard the new dad was a police magistrate, I was scared. Said I to myself, "If I don't mind my Ps and Qs, the Guv'nor – from force of habit – will fine me all my pocket-money."

With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, alcohol and women, it's hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only fourteen. And that's because he isn't. Agatha, his mother, dropped five years from her true age – and his – when she married amiable magistrate Posket. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit comedies, She Stoops to Conquer, London Assurance and One Man, Two Guvnors, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences around the world doubled up with laughter.

Tickets for the screening are £12 (£10 concession) and can be booked in advance at the central box office in Falkirk’s High Street, or by phone on 01324 506850.

Published on Friday, 11th January 2013

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