Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig

 

 Director

Robin Hilder 

  Producer 

 

Linda Nieuwenhoven

Miriam Breuer

  Cast 

 

Maggie Saunders - Sandra Delgado 

Max Kaufmann – Oliver Wilhelm 

Henry Saunders – Robin Hilder 

Tito Merelli – Colin Underhay 

Maria Merelli – Andrea Lorenzetti 

Bellhop – Martina Huckschlag 

Julia Leverett – Tina Teuber 

Diana – Maria Horner 

Lend Me A Tenor is set in 1934. Saunders, the general manager of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, is waiting to welcome world famous Tito Merelli, Il Stupendo, the greatest tenor of his generation, to appear for one night only as Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilisers and passes out. His pulse is so low that Saunders and his assistant Max believe he’s dead. In a frantic attempt to salvage the evening, Saunders persuades Max to get into Merelli's Otello costume and fool the audience into thinking he's Il Stupendo. Max succeeds admirably, but Merelli comes to and gets into his other costume ready to perform. Now two Otellos are running around in costume. The tenor’s jealous wife, Maria, his ambitious female co-star, Diana, Max’s young girlfriend, Maggie, and the flirtatious head of the opera guild, Julia Leverett, are on the scene fighting—sometimes literally—for the star’s attention. Two of them are running around in lingerie, each thinking she is with Il Stupendo. . .

 

 

 

 

The play is a classic farce that wins big laughs from mistaken identity, mixed signals and misunderstandings. Set in a hotel suite with several doors that get slammed frequently as the play’s eight characters rush to chase or hide from one another, the action builds to a frenzy once Max decides to pretend to be Merelli. Act Two is filled with comedic surprises, especially after the real Tito resurfaces.

 

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