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"It's life, really life, though. All the real things that don't, and can't, exist for us outside this building, off this stage even. If we're off this stage, then what is there for us?" 


It's 1744 and Charlotte Charke, actress, writer, landlady, grocer, pig-rearer, puppet master, highwayman, transvestite and daughter of the famous actor manager Colley Cibber, is rehearsing for a production of The Recruiting Officer with her company at the James Street Tennis Courts. The self-titled 'nonpareil of the age' somehow finds herself caught up in a misunderstanding and in debtor's jail. Again. Can Charlotte talk her way out of prison, off the streets and back into her beloved theatre? 


Charlotte Charke disappeared from history soon after her death in 1760. She was one of the first women in history to live some of her life as a man, both on and off the stage. She had a chequered life, facing opposition for her choices from every corner of society, but was lauded as one of the great actresses of her day. She left us an autobiography, A Narrative of the Life of Mrs Charlotte Charke, in which we can glean elements of her life, but much of what is left is from her perspective and, as such, should be taken with a large pinch of salt. 


Indebted to Chance, a new play by Charlie Ryall, takes place between 1741 and 1744, when we know Charlotte was a member of the acting company at the James Street Tennis Courts. It explores various events in Charlotte's life, including her formative time at Drury Lane under her father, ultimately leading up to what was one of her definitive moments. 


This play will run in repertory with The Recruiting Officer.


written by charlie ryall

directed by jenny eastop

PrODUCED BY mercurius theatre


Tuesday 6th November - Saturday 1st December 2018
Tuesday - Saturday 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday matinees 3.00pm

Indebted to Chance schedule as follows:

Week one:

06/11/18 7.30pm Preview

08/11/18 7.30pm

10/11/18 3pm 

11/11/18 3pm 

Week two:

14/11/18 7.30pm

16/11/18 7.30pm

17/11/18 7.30pm 

Week three:

20/11/18 7.30pm 

22/11/18 7.30pm

24/11/18 3pm

25/11/18 3pm 

Week four:

28/11/18 7.30pm

30/11/18 7.30pm 

01/12/18 7.30pm 


Running time: (2 hours, including Interval)


Tickets £16 (£12 CONCESSIONS)

tuesday 6th november preview £10

double-ticket for both indebted to chance & the recruiting officer £28 (£20 concessions) - DISCOUNT WILL BE APPLIED AUTOMATICALLY WHEN YOU SELECT A TICKET FOR EACH SHOW


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Latecomers will not be admitted.

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