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Walk Into My Parlour (English)

By William Maconachie


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George Brambell, well-to-do 18th century Ipswich merchant, has three problems in the shape of his three daughters, still unmarried and a heavy burden on his purse. With the assistance -- and often unintentional hindrance -- of his wife Amanda he sets about snaring his intended son-in- law, the Reverend William Hare who, with all the agility of the little animal whose name he bears, contrives to evade every trap laid for him while at the same time extracting contributions to his church funds from the unwilling George. Meantime, the girls have plans of their own which two of them, with apparently most unsuitable suitors in the Hon. Charles Moult, a penniless and debt-laden London dandy, and Jackie Wiskin, a servant lad, carry through to a happy ending despite George's fumbling opposition. The third daughter's scheme to become the wealthy widow of Joshua Gribble, an elderly rake, goes woefully astray but provides plenty of comic situation en route. The dialogue abounds in laugh lines throughout, and there is a hilarious second act which brings the curtains, if not the house down. The entire action takes place in one scene.


This new edition of Walk Into My Parlour has been specially adapted by the author for the English stage from its original and highly successful Scots version, which had its premiere at the 1969 Edinburgh Festival when the Edinburgh People's Theatre played to full houses for three weeks; it also gained the James Bridie Memorial Award for the best new Scottish play of 1969.