Youngsters steal the show

The young people behind the production of The Drowsy Chaperone at Tring's Court Theatre
The young people behind the production of The Drowsy Chaperone at Tring's Court Theatre

A Tony Award winning musical set in an agoraphobic, asocial middle-aged man’s scatty New York apartment will be staged in Tring’s Court Theatre between tonight and Saturday.

The Drowsy Chaperone will be performed by the Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre, which was set up in 2006 for 16 to 21-year-olds.

The young people are responsible for everything from acting, directing and music to production, design, technical and stage management.

One of the actors – only known as Man in Chair – will talk to the audience during the Court Theatre show about his fictional 1928 hit musical The Drowsy Chaperone.

He pokes fun at the very era and musical that he adores.

As the musical begins to play on his record player, within the humble surroundings his apartment, the ridiculous and hilarious production comes to life.

Actress and recent graduate of the University of Nottingham Bea Beard said: “This show will have you laughing non-stop – so much fun! My advice... Get tickets while you can!”

Bea will play the role of The Drowsy Chaperone – the alcoholic confidante of Janet Van de Graaff – during the performance.

Janet, who is in her 30s, is conflicted about giving up her life on the stage to marry Robert Martin and often turns to her older pal.

The character of The Drowsy Chaperone is in her 40s or 50s and an experienced ‘woman of the world’ who is carefree and a bit of a diva.

Bea said: “The show is hilarious, and the cast – awesome. It’s going to amazing, so best get your tickets now!”

The show will be performed at 7.30pm tonight, tomorrow and on Saturday, when there will also be a weekend matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £10 for adults or £8 with concessions. You can book them at