John Lithgow stars in very Victorian farce

lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, January 11, 2013
lsjs Sussex Express ENTS, January 11, 2013

The National Theatre Production of The Magistrate is broadcast live to the big screen in the auditorium of the De La Warr Pavilion at 7pm on January 17.

Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun) takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s uproarious Victorian farce, directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London).

In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit classic comedies, She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences doubled up with laughter.

When amiable magistrate Posket (John Lithgow) marries Agatha (Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll, After the Dance), little does he realise she’s dropped five years from her age – and her son’s.

When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

Rated 12A. Under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets: £12.50 - £14.00. Call 01424 229 111 or visit them online at