Classic boating larks at Buxton

Three Men In A Boat – Jerome K. Jerome’s classic tale of a boating misadventure has kept audiences laughing for well over half a century.

It is a perfect example of the charm and wit of quintessential Victorian England and can be seen on Monday at Buxton Opera House.

Originally intended as a guide to boating on the Thames, the ripping yarn of youthful friendship, mischief and folly celebrates the very essence of Britishness.

In an attempt to escape the stresses of city life, three friends, J, Harris and George, plus their faithful canine companion Montmorency, decide to take a boating jaunt between Kingston and Oxford. However a trip intended to relax and rejuvenate quickly becomes a journey of unquenchable comedy, with death-defying battles with swans, culinary disasters and contrary tea kettles just a few of the challenges facing the trio along the way.

In this imaginative new adaptation, the acclaimed and award-winning Original Theatre Company takes this classic tale by the scruff of the neck. Just three actors (with a handful of props) play all the characters and bring to life all the high jinks and hilarity of the most famous boating holiday in history.

Three Men in a Boat takes place at the opera house on Monday  November 5 at 7.30pm, with a free after-show  question and answers session with the company in the stalls. Tickets for the show are priced at £14 and discounts are available. Call the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at