Last Updated on 15th November 2017
In a new production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, a unique rediscovery of The Passing Of The Third Floor Back by Jerome K Jerome, author of Three Men In A Boat is to open at the Finborough Theatre for a four week limited season from 28 November 2017.
Christmas in London, 1907. Mrs. Sharpe’s squalid Bloomsbury boarding house plays host to some unscrupulous residents. Vivian is being forced to marry a man she doesn’t love, Harry’s musical career is a laughing-stock, Alick is plotting to swindle the next man he meets, while Stasia, the maid, has almost been forgotten. So their lives go on, until the sudden arrival of a mysterious stranger in search of a room…
Described by its author as “an idle fancy”, the mystical and mysterious The Passing of the Third Floor Back was one of the longest running West End and Broadway hits of its time. The original stage production and silent film version starred the greatest Hamlet of his day – Sir Johnson Forbes-Robertson. In 1935, it was adapted for film again to great acclaim, starring silent screen icon Conrad Veidt (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari).
The cast for The Passing Of The Third Floor Back includes Benjamin Chandler, Ella Dunlop, Alexander Knox, Anna Mottram, Paddy Nevin, Graham Pountney, Claire Redcliffe, Carmen Rodriguez, Richard Stirling, Caroline Wildi, Matthew Winters and Edward Wolstenholme.
The Passing Of The Third Floor Back is directed by Jonny Kelly, set and costume design by Jasmine Swan, lighting by Robbie Butler, and music by Emma Murton.
The production runs at Finborough Theatre from 28 November to 22 December 2017.