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The Life and Times of Fanny Hill

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A Bristol Old Vic and Lamplighter Theatre production
Adapted for the stage by April de Angelis
From the novel by John Cleland
Starring Caroline Quentin
Director Michael Oakley
Designer Andrew D Edwards
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Composer/Musical Director Pete Flood (Bellowhead)
Choreographer and Movement Director Karla Shacklock
Sound Designer Sarah Weltman

Based on John Cleland's (in)famous novel, which was published in 1748 but banned from sale soon afterwards, this adaptation by April de Angelis (current National Theatre Writer in Residence) charts Fanny Hill's fall into prostitution and rise to notoriety.

More socially and politically relevant now than ever before, The Life and Times of Fanny Hill is a darkly comic exploration of fulfilment and pleasure, offering a witty, irreverent perspective on the reality behind Fanny Hill's story.

Directed by Michael Oakley (Chichester Festival Theatre) and with original music composed by Pete Flood from award winning folk ensemble Bellowhead, the production features a cast of six: Caroline Quentin (Jonathan Creek, Men Behaving Badly), Phoebe Thomas (Holby City), Gwyneth Keyworth (Misfits), Rosalind Steele, Nick Barber and Mawgan Gyles.

a chamber piece worthy of a place among the best Restoration-style comedies"


Timely, entertaining revival of John Cleland's 18th-century novel of sexual pleasure"


Quentin is a wry delight"


John Cleland's 18th-century erotic romp is given a well-judged modern edge"


Caroline Quentin oozes star quality"


What our audiences have been saying online

From the Blog

Fanny Hill - An Interview With Musical Director Pete Flood

Fanny Hill - An Interview With Designer Andrew D. Edwards

Fanny Hill - From the Rehearsal Room with Assistant Director Miriam Battye

Caroline Quentin in The Guardian

Caroline Quentin speaking on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme

Caroline Quentin appearing on Jonathan Ross

5 Feb-7 Mar 2015
7.30pm, 2.30pm (Thu & Sat mat)
7pm (Wed 11 Feb - Press Night)
£34-£5 (plus booking fee)
Download full schedule with ticket prices

Age guidance: 14+
Estimated running time: 135mins (inc. interval)

The Cast
Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly, Jonathan Creek)
Phoebe Thomas (Holby City (2006-2010), title role in Hetty Feather Live on Stage)
Gwyneth Keyworth (Misfits, The Great Outdoors)
Rosalind Steele (The Snail and the Whale, UK tour and Broadway)
Nick Barber (Othello, Shakespeare's Globe)
Mawgan Gyles (Separate Tables and Bedroom Farce, Salisbury Playhouse)

Production Photography by Helen Maybanks
Rehearsal Photography by ShotAway

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