Three Men in a Boat (2014-15)

Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men in a Boat


Produced by The Original Theatre Company and The Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Keeping audiences laughing for well over a century, Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure has become the quintessential example of the charm and wit of Victorian England. Attempting to escape the stresses of city life, three friends – accompanied by their faithful canine companion – decide to take to the river in order to relax and rejuvenate. The holiday, however, quickly unravels and descends into chaos…

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Following a hit, sell-out tour in 2012, Craig Gilbert’s ingenious, acclaimed adaption of Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale of boating misadventure returns to the UK stage this autumn armed with more singing, wilder adventures and sporting even brighter blazers.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, Jerome’s ripping yarn of youthful friendship, mischief and folly celebrates the very essence of Britishness inspiring many of our comic legends from Morecambe and Wise to Monty Python.

Original Theatre Company take this classic tale of British misadventure and folly by the scruff of the neck. Equipped with a working pub, live piano accompaniment, some ale, music hall singing, a dog and a feast of physical comedy, settle yourself in for a night out to remember.


Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal

Hall for Cornwall

Malvern Theatres

Nuffield Theatre, Southampton

Belgrade Theatre Coventry

New Wolsey, Ipswich

Wilde Theatre, Bracknell

Coliseum Theatre, Oldham

Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke

Northcott Theatre, Exeter


Cambridge Arts

Salisbury Playhouse

Hull Truck

Towngate Theatre, Basildon

Dundee Rep

Windsor Theatre Royal

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Venue Cymru, Llandudno


“These Three Men were seriously funny”

West Britton, 16th September 2014

“A gem, this production will attract a wide audience. A fine evenings entertainment”

The Grapevine, 10th September 2014

“The Original Theatre Company lives up to their name… it succeeds on every level… cleverly executed.”



“More laughs than you can shake an oar at”

The Argus

“Uproariously funny… It is truly hilarious.”


The Public Reviews

“This really is some first class nectar.”


The Good Review

“Join them and enjoy!”

British Theatre Guide

“Three Men in a Boat, as welcome as a cold Gin and Tonic on a hot day”

Basingtoke Gazette

The whole audience, which ranged from 8 to 80, were in stitches”

Remote Goat

J: David Partridge (2015) Alastair Whatley (2014)

Harris: Tom Hackney

George: Michael Rouse (2015) Paul Westwood (2014)

Nellie: Anna Westlake

Adapted by: Craig Gilbert

Directed by: Craig Gilbert

Designed by: Victoria Spearing

Lighting by: Alan Valentine

Movement director: Matt Bugg

Sound by: Giles Thomas

Musical Director by: Tim Van Eyken

Production shots by: Jack Ladenburg

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