The Rakes Return
A topical – if historical – adaptation of a play by Henry Fielding is set to win over audiences across the UK this year.
Matthew Townshend Productions is currently seeking expressions of interest from venues which would like to feature the production, which has yet to be named.
Loosely based on Fielding’s Rape Upon Rape, it explores the corruption of the law and the financial sector in the 18th century, allowing a modern day audience to draw some interesting comparisons with the economic collapse of 2008.
The 18th century is very on trend right now – forming a backdrop for a number of current TV shows, films, art exhibitions and books – all interested in how it may throw light on some of the issues we face today.
The Fielding Project, as it has been temporarily dubbed, features a host of original songs by Matthew Townshend and Neil Innes, the writer, comedian and musician best known for his collaborative work with Monty Python.
Snippets of their songs will be available to listen to very soon.
Matthew and Neil staged an open preview in Snape Maltings in 2010 and are keen to collaborate with theatres and other producers who might want a co-production deal.
Northern Echo July 2011 – Neil Innes & Matthew Townshend interview