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Neil Simon play Rumours set for Milford Community Centre

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LIVE theatre will return to Milford Community Centre this month with an in-house production of Neil Simon’s comic play Rumours.

Originally set to be performed in June 2020, the ambitious show has now been rescheduled to run from Thursday 28th October to Sunday 31st October.

Director Wendy Mason describes Rumours as a "rewarding and challenging production" which features a cast of amateur village performers and plenty of laughs.

Rumours will be at Milford Community Centre later this month
Rumours will be at Milford Community Centre later this month

She said: “I did this play some years ago at Forest Arts and know just how funny, challenging and fulfilling it is to do.”

Set in the Home Counties, it begins as Charles and Vivienne Brooks are hosting a dinner party for their friends to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary.

But when the guests arrive, Vivienne has disappeared, the staff have walked out, the prepared dinner ingredients are uncooked in the kitchen and Charlie is discovered upstairs with a bullet hole through his earlobe.

The set has been created with support from a number of local businesses including Bradbeers Department Store in New Milton which has lent furnishings and props.

Wendy continued: “While the pandemic frustrated our first attempt to stage this production in June 2020 we were determined the show should go on.

“The cast have returned with an emboldened air of energy, commitment and determination to fulfil that basic need in all of us – that of laughter and joy.

“We hope the community will support this happy, funny, fast-moving comedy and go away feeling just that bit better and happier.”

Cast member Ian Hey, who plays barrister Ken Bevans, added: “This play has really grown on me. We are still laughing at the lines even though we’ve been rehearsing for a long time – it really is very funny.”

Tickets are £12 and on sale from Milford community centre box office which is open Monday to Friday, 10am-4pm, online at www.moscommunitycentre.org.uk or by calling 01590 644861.

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