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Exeter Drama Company

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - September 2007

We present to you our first ever musical! Based on the book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart with music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Miles Gloriousus, Senex, A Protean, Erronius, A Protean, Pseudolus, three Proteans, Gymnasia and Lycus

Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but one wish, to purchase her freedom. When her master and mistress leave for the day she finds out that young Hero has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Lycus, a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Senex and Pseudolus

Pseudolus concocts a deal in which she will be freed if she can procure the girl for Hero. Of course, it can't be that simple as the virgin has already been ‘put aside’ for General Gloriosus! Add into the plot and old man in search of his missing children, characters disguising themselves as one another, numerous catchy songs and a deranged chorus of courtesans, soldiers, eunuchs and citizens and you’ll find it hard not to image yourself back in Rome!

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum - Pseudolus, Miles Gloriousus and Hysterium in foreground, Proteans in background wearing helmets

Pseudolus, slave to Hero Denise Gough
The Proteans Company Members
Senex, a citizen of Rome Roger Mathewson
Domina, his wife Jenny Trace
Hero, his son Matthew Blackhurst
Hysterium, Slave to Senex and Domina Ian Guy
Lycus, a dealer in courtesansDoug Thomson
Philia Helen Chapman
Erronius, a citizen of RomeMalcolme Littler
Miles Gloriousus, a warriorRichard Ware
Directed by Denise Gough