Stars visit Bath in classic comedy

PUBLISHED: 17:21 23 March 2011

The Reluctant Debutante

The Reluctant Debutante


STARS of stage and screen, Jane Asher, Clive Francis and Belinda Lang visit Bath to perform in William Douglas-Home’s classic romantic comedy, The Reluctant Debutante.

Society couple, Jimmy and Sheila Broadbent, are launching their daughter Jane into society and have their eye on the perfect husband. Jane, however, has other ideas.

The round of balls and parties bores her stiff and the last thing she wants is some stuffy young toff with perfect manners.

In fact, the chap she really wants appears to be a perfect cad.

Horrified parents, a conniving cousin and hot society gossip make this a debutante season to remember as plans go awry, reputations are shredded and the generation gap seems insurmountable in William Douglas-Home’s delightful comedy.

The Reluctant Debutante is an affectionate caricature of 1950s British society, which brings the glamour and charm of the debutante scene gloriously to life.

Of the play, and her role as Sheila Broadbent, Jane Asher said: “The Reluctant Debutante is not only extremely funny, but also a wonderfully ironic look at the curious customs in high society in the 50s.

“Its themes are timeless: something that goes for all good drama. It’s a treat to be able to bring something as good as this back into theatres again.

“Sheila Broadbent is also a terrific part to play: she’s relatively shallow in her obsession about getting her daughter married off to someone suitably classy and rich, but at the same time funny and sympathetic in her frantic efforts to do so.”

The production, which tours to the Theatre Royal Bath from Monday until April 2, is also directed by Belinda Lang.

Tickets, priced £17.50-33.50, are available from the box office on 01225 448844 or

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