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A Respectable Wedding (Benedetti)

Short Play, Comedy  /  4f, 5m

Jean Benedetti, Bertolt Brecht

A provocative short play about the life of the petit bourgeois society. A serious celebration, gradually changes into an evening full of accidents, provocations, gossip, shameful and lively entertainment...

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult
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  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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Summary
A provocative short play about the life of the petit bourgeois society. A Respectable Wedding is a grotesque story and a farce, where everything is pilled, broken and destroyed: relationships, furniture and the characters. However, this decline comes in the middle of a wedding dinner. A serious celebration, gradually changes into an evening full of accidents, provocations, gossip, shameful and lively entertainment. In this way the decadent moral of the respectable society with good manners is revealed.
History
A Respectable Wedding was the only one of Brecht’s early one acts to be staged during his life. It premiered in Frankfurt in 1926.
Cast Attributes
Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
THE BRIDE'S FATHER
THE BRIDEGROOM'S MOTHER
THE BRIDE
THE BRIDE'S SISTER 
THE BRIDEGROOM
HIS FRIEND
THE WIFE
HER HUSBAND
THE YOUNG MAN
  • Time Period 1920s
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration 90 minutes
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes

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"[A] buoyant farce about a bourgeois wedding in which everything goes disastrously wrong" - The Guardian, Read More

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Jean Benedetti

Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), playwright, poet and director, was born in Augsburg, Germany in February 1898. He established himself as a playwright during the 1920s and early 1930s with plays such as Baal, Man is Man, The Threepenny Opera and The Mother. In 1933, as Hitler came ...
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