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Three Men in a Boat – from 24 May

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24/05/2017 - 10/06/2017
All Day Weds-Sat 8pm, approximately 2 hours long.
*No performance Thu 8 June, extra performance Tue 6 June

Unsuitable for young children

Sydenham Centre

A new musical version of one of the funniest books ever written.

Jerome K Jerome’s timeless comic masterpiece tells the story of ‘men about town’ J, Harris and George as they take a leisurely rowing trip up the Thames, whilst recounting many hilarious tales along the way. First published in 1889, Three Men in a Boat (To say nothing of the Dog) is as fresh and funny as when it was first told.

“There is no poetry about Harris…If Harris’s eyes fill with tears, you can bet it is because Harris has been eating raw onions, or has put too much Worcester over his chop.”

Now Sydenham’s very own theatre company Spontaneous Productions is bringing this classic novel to life in a lovingly faithful, musical adaptation by Jonathan Kaufman. Combining original and period songs, the show will transform Upstairs at the Sydenham Centre into a Victorian riverscape, complete with improvised rowing boat, lively piano accompaniment and, of course,  Montmorency – the faithful fox terrier!

What the critics said of other Spontaneous Productions

“Brilliant” (Time Out) on The Three Musketeers

“Hugely entertaining” (South London Press) on The Three Musketeers

“There is no doubting the professionalism and talent of this local company” (News Shopper) on Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Werewolf


Ross Townsend Green, Joseph Clowser and William Hastings, plus actor-pianists Deborah Garvey, Helen Jeckells and Rebecca Yorke


  • Original songs and musical score by Deborah Garvey
  • Production and costume design by Alexandra Mcarthur
  • Montmorency the Dog designed and made by Catherine Hawkes of hawkeshounds.com
  • Special effects by Joe Kaufman of Red Kite Films
  • Produced, adapted and directed by Jonathan Kaufman
  • Photograph copyright Louis Gill, used with permission


To book in person go to Kirkdale Bookshop
272 Kirkdale, Sydenham SE26 4RS t: 020 8778 4701

Click on your preferred date to be taken to its booking page (please note that we are unable to post tickets to you, but that after purchase they may be collected from Kirkdale Bookshop or the venue on the day of the show):
NB: online booking closes 30 minutes before the show starts, but you may still be able to purchase tickets at the door. Please be sure to bring a printout of the tickets or have them viewable on your smartphone.

Weds 24 May 2017
Thurs 25 May 2017
Fri 26 May 2017
Sat 27 May 2017

Weds 31 May 2017
Thurs 1 June 2017
Fri 2 June 2017
Sat 3 June 2017

Tues 6 June 2017 (not Thurs 8 June)
Weds 7 June 2017
Fri 9 June 2017
Sat 10 June 2017

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