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Travels With My Aunt

Giles Havergal’s stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s classic comedy of life on the road with retired bank manager and dahlia enthusiast Henry Pulling and his long-lost Aunt Augusta. Read more …

When Henry first meets Augusta at his mother’s funeral, he has no idea of the whirlwind of exotic adventures that lie ahead of him. Coaxed into a life on the road, Henry’s new found travels take him across the world smuggling gold and falling in with drug dealers along the way as he unravels the unconventional details of his aunt’s past.

Hilarious, witty and great fun, Giles Havergal’s celebrated stage adaptation of Graham Greene’s novel challenges a cast of four to bring to life more than 20 characters through the course of the play. First performed at the Citizens Theatre in 1989, the play went on to be a West End hit winning an Olivier Award and is now staged around the world.

The critical consensus

This little piece of people’s history retains its eccentric, enigmatic and unconventional charm, and is a joy to finally have back home at the Citz.

****(*)Harriet Brace, The Reviews Hub, 06/05/2017

Despite its post-Second World War setting, the ultimate success of this revival is showing the play’s continued relevance to today.

****(*)Paul F Cockburn, Broadway Baby, 08/05/2017

Giles Havergal's superb adaptation.

****(*)Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman, 08/05/2017

Giles Havergal's romp through the sixties underbelly remains a potent satire.

****(*)Lorna Irvine, The List, 09/05/2017

It has it moments, but ultimately this feels more like the sum of its parts than a satisfying whole.

***(*)(*)Peter Munro, The Wee Review, 08/05/2017

The whole point is that it’s never tasteful, but while the script conveys Greene’s elegant style to perfection, it is hard to adhere to the play’s satire of conventions and eccentricity when its second half, especially, relies so much on old stereotypes.

***(*)(*)Marine Furet, Plays to See, 10/05/2017

There are plenty of funny moments in Breen’s production.

***(*)(*)Allan Radcliffe, 09/05/2017

The most vibrant production currently appearing on the Scottish stage.

Mark Brown, Scottish Stage, 19/05/2017

Features about Travels With My Aunt

Giles Havergal--Travels With My Aunt

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 28/04/2017

Travels With My Aunt--Around the World in 28 years with Henry, Giles and Aunt Augusta too.

Neil Cooper, Coffee-Table Notes, 02/05/2017

Where and when?

Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow from Wednesday May 3, 2017, until Saturday May 20, 2017. More info:

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