John Lithgow (Shrek, "3rd Rock from the Sun") takes the title role in the uproarious Victorian farce The Magistrate, recorded live on the National Theatre stage earlier in 2013, with Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll (After the Dance) as his wife Agatha. With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, alcohol and women, it's hard to believe Cis Farringdon (Joshua McGuire) is only fourteen. And that's because he isn't. Agatha, his mother, dropped five years from her true age—and his—when she married amiable magistrate Aeneas Posket (Lithgow). When her deception is revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps. In a similar vein to the National Theatre's smash-hit comedies She Stoops to Conquer, London Assurance and One Man, Two Guvnors, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences around the world doubled up with laughter. Directed by Timothy Sheader. Official Web Site

Director:

Timothy Sheader

Cast:

John Lithgow, Nancy Carroll, Joshua McGuire, Sarah Ovens, Alexander Cobb, Beverly Rudd, Nicholas Blane, Christina Cole, Christopher Logan, Don Gallagher, Jonathan Coy, Nicholas Burns, Peter Polycarpou, Joshua Lacey, Sean McKenzie, Roger Sloman, Tamsin Carroll, Richard Freeman, Amy Griffiths, Nicholas Lumley, Joshua Manning, Jez Unwin

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

2hrs 35mins

Release Year:

2013

Country Of Origin:

UK