A PUBLIC MISCHIEF
Cast 4 male 4 female
Temporarily disenchanted with her husband Nicholas, Bridget is persuaded into running away with Mark. But Mark has expectations from a rich, fearsome aunt and cannot afford scandal, so arranges for Bridget’s disappearance to look like a bathing accident. At first, the police seem to be taken in by this, but the added disappearance of Nicholas, who has set off from his flat to find Bridget, leads them to suspect him of Bridget’s murder and a nationwide manhunt ensues. Meanwhile, Nicholas has traced Bridget and Mark to a guesthouse in Bath where the aunt lives. Much of the comedy stems from the situation which is created when Nicholas takes a room under a false name and settles down to recover his wife. Kenneth Horne is a master of light comedy and this play is one of his most entertaining.