Seduction, rebellion, escapism and humour add up to a night out with a difference at The Mill in Banbury next month.
A Touch of Mrs Robinson is a new musical cabaret inspired by the woman from the 1967 film classic who seduced The Graduate and became a legend in her own leopard print.
Written and performed by Fiona Coffey, with a live band directed by top London cabaret artist Michael Roulston, the show is a unique take on cinema’s greatest ‘cougar’.
Using jazz numbers and 1960s pop songs from artists such as Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Burt Bacharach and the Kinks, the show explores the poignancy as well as the humour of Mrs Robinson’s story – a rebellious former art student who becomes pregnant out of wedlock and trapped in a dull marriage at a time when intelligent women had few options.
It’s billed as a “provocative, funny and uplifting”, asking whether it is always wrong to behave badly, whether it is possible to be sexy without disgracing oneself, and whether a touch of Mrs Robinson might change one’s life.
Audiences can get into the mood by donning their leopard prints and dressing up as Mrs Robinson – and there’s a competition for the wittiest Mrs Robinson-style pick-up line.
The show’s website atouchofmrsrobinson.com includes a pre-show quiz and a series of videos with ‘Get Mrs Robinson’s look’ style tips from top make up artist Rosie Scott.
Directed by cabaret veteran Harold Sanditen, A touch of Mrs Robinson has played seventimes in 2015 and 2016 to sell-out audiences at top London cabaret venue The Pheasantry, and was billed as part of the London Festival of Cabaret in 2016 among aline-up of international cabaret stars.
This is the first of three further shows outside London this autumn.
A spokesman said: “A touch of Mrs Robinson speaks to the generation who remembers The Graduate and men and women who identify with Mrs Robinson going through an ill-advised affair as a form of mid-life crisis.
“It also appeals to young women – some people have been bringing their daughters – who warm to the message of empowerment that underpins the show.”
It takes place on Thursday September 15.
Call 279002 to book or for more information.