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HYSTERIA

HYSTERIA USA 2019

 

17 Sept - 3 Nov

 

Straz Center, Tampa, Florida USA

 

In autumn 2019 we will be bringing our new version of HYSTERIA to the Straz Center in Tampa, giving Florida audiences an unmissable opportunity to enjoy the American premiere of our longest-running and perhaps best-loved show, our deliciously demented take on the pulp gothic romance: Hitchcock’s Rebecca meets The Pink Panther.

 

 

“One of the funniest pieces of theatre you will ever see, performed by four of the greatest clowns working in Britain.” Time Out

 

 

Overflowing with brilliant characters, rip-roaring farce and virtuoso physical comedy, this is the show which made Spymonkey an international comedy sensation from Just For Laughs Montreal to Sydney Opera House.

 

HYSTERIA tours in the UK under its original title 'Cooped'.

 

 

“A perfectly paced hybrid of the Pink Panther and Psycho” The Independent

 

 

A spooky mansion, a plucky young heroine and a handsome English aristocrat. Add a German butler and a Spanish soap star and you’re all set for a night of HYSTERIA with Spymonkey!

 

Beautiful, fawn-like Laura du Lay arrives in the heart of darkest Northumberlandshirehampton to take up a post as secretary to the reclusive (but devastatingly handsome) Forbes Murdston. She has ignored for as long as she can the unsettling rumours that surround her new employer and his ominous manservant Klaus. If only Roger Parchment, the family lawyer, were not so obviously in love with her! Then she could confide in him her darkest fears:

 

Is Forbes really the killer who lurks in the darkness? Who is the prey he seeks? And will Inspector Detective Judadench solve the mystery before it is too late?!

 

Directed by Cal McCrystal, the comedy genius behind James Corden's Broadway hit One Man Two Guvnors.

 

 

“Shriekingly, helplessly hilarious. For all their gleeful, larky enjoyment wafting across the footlights like a blessing, these are serious virtuosi” The Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPYMONKEY'S HYSTERIA

 

created by Cal McCrystal, Aitor Basauri, Stephan Kreiss, Petra Massey, Toby Park

 

director Cal McCrystal

 

production design Lucy Bradridge

 

incidental music & sound design Toby Park

 

'4xinLove' written & produced by Neil Filby & Toby Park

diva remix by Jean-François Houle / guest vocalist  Corinne Zarzour

 

'Mr Sandman' original composition by Pat Ballard 1954

production: Toby Park & Jean-François Thibeault

drums: Larry Aberman

double bass: Simon Dolan

piano: Eliot Douglass

 

Love Sounds th'Alarm by GF Handel

harpsichord Peter McCarthy

 

video production Lorna Heavey

cameraman: James Nutt, Mat Baynton

video nun: Zoe Bywater

 

photographs Bernhard Fuchs, Sean Dennie, Jane Hobson

 

graphic design Toby Park

 

illustration The Red Dress

 

1st UK Performance (as 'Cooped') 17th July 2001 at Komedia Brighton

 

 

 

 

Press Quotes

 

5 STARS ‘One of the funniest pieces of theatre you will ever see, performed by four of the greatest clowns working in Britain today’ Time Out (UK)

 

4 STARS “Shriekingly, helplessly hilarious... Consummately executed... For all their gleeful, larky enjoyment wafting across the footlights like a blessing, these are serious virtuosi” The Times (UK)

 

“The reigning monarchs of physical comedy. Spymonkey are very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very, very funny, and I’m not just saying that because I’m paid by the word.” Melbourne Age (AUS)

 

“So funny it would be ridiculous to miss it... There are puns, sight gags, a disco song, a peerless parody of Crouching Tiger’s martial magic and a nude pastoral dance that made me laugh so much my throat hurt.” The Times (UK)

 

“Utterly infectious... a perfectly paced hybrid of The Pink Panther and Psycho” The Independent (UK)

 

“Imagine Mills & Boon rewritten by Monty Python. Or the Muppets doing a cover version of a trashy American Gothic soap. Fling in a fig leaf or three and some brilliantly ditsy clowning and whey-hey! That's Hysteria, Spymonkey-style... SEE IT!” The Herald (UK)

 

5 STARS "Engaging, ridiculous and very very funny… Judging by the audience reaction (a standing O), a crowd favourite this year [at Just For Laughs]" Montreal Gazette (CA)

 

5 STARS HITLIST "Jaw-achingly funny" The List (UK)

 

5 STARS "An absolute triumph of comedy and theatre" THREE WEEKS (UK)

 

4 STARS  "Puerile yet sophisticated, genre-conscious yet wildly unpredictable, constantly inventive” The Scotsman

 

"Grannies blushing at the naughty bits, kids hooting with laughter, twenty-somethings on a date holding hands and grinning, teenagers from the local sixth-form colleges clutching each other in glee.” Total Theatre Magazine (UK)

 

5 STARS "It is simply not possible to have more fun at the theatre than this. Just go to see Spymonkey and laugh. That’s all that needs to be said. Go. See them. Laugh. A STAGE 'MUST-SEE' EDINBURGH FRINGE.” The Stage (UK)

 

5 STARS “One of the best, most hilarious shows seen on the Fringe, Cooped is not to be missed. Almost made me lose control of my bladder” Metro (UK)

 

"Non-stop laughter” Tagesspiegel Berlin (D)

 

"Monty Python on acid” RBB TV Berlin (D)

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OFFICE: UNIT 7B LEVEL 3 NORTH, NEW ENGLAND HOUSE

NEW ENGLAND STREET BRIGHTON BN1 4GH UK

T: +44 (0)7766 712757

E: info@spymonkey.co.uk

 

 

 

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