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Our American Cousin at the Finborough Theatre, March 2015

"Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal – you sockdolagizing old man trap!"

These famous words were the last heard by President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. on 14 April, 1865-exactly 150 years ago.

Over Here Theatre Company are proud to present Our American Cousin, the hilarious Victorian comedy by Tom Taylor, in a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, directed by Lydia Parker.

The first London production in more than a century is now on at  the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances from Sunday, 29 March 2015. The run has entirely sold out but an extra matinee has been added Monday 6 April at 2PM.

Featured on BBC Radio 4 Front Row. For Listen Again :

The 1850s. Trenchard Manor, somewhere in the British countryside, is home to a very British family with some very British problems. 

Sir Edward, patriarch of the household, is close to financial ruin and is desperately seeking ways to satisfy his creditors without losing the family estate.

The Manor is sought after by the villainous Coyle who also has designs on Sir Edward's lovely daughter, Florence. Meanwhile, her cousin, Mary Meredith, the rightful heir to another Trenchard family estate, is consigned to working as a milkmaid for the Manor. 

Cultures clash and plans are foiled when Asa Trenchard, a long lost cousin, arrives from the United States of America  with his own claim to her inheritance. "I'm Asa Trenchard, born in Vermont, suckled on the banks of Muddy Creek, about the tallest gunner, the slickest dancer, and generally the loudest critter in the state."

Amidst all the drama and conspiracy, the ridiculous toff Lord Dundreary is trying to find his hair dye, woo the sickly Georgina, and not bump into the furniture…

A unique opportunity to see a play that changed world history.


Timothy Allsop, Hannah Britland, Kelly Burke,

Maria Teresa Creasey, Rupert Elmes, Lily Howkins,

Andrew McDonald, Julian Moore-Cook, Solomon Mousley,

Olivia Onyehara, Andy Rashleigh and Daniel York

Creative Team

Director: Lydia Parker

Costume Design by Hannah Taylor

Assistant Director: John Young

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED

29 March - 14 April 2015.

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