Just fine and Dandy

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THE notion of Britishness is a hot topic at the moment.

Putting aside all enthusiasms and exasperations for a certain sporting event — or for the subject of Scottish independence — is the Theatre Royal, this week welcoming a tour of a very British comedy.

Dandy Dick is on its way to Scotland prior to a run in London’s west end, and promises a tale of Victorian respectability — and just how easily one can can lose it.

Written in Brighton in 1887, the play follows the Very Reverend (and very virtuous) Augustin Jedd, forever preaching about the evils of horseracing and gambling.

Mayhem inevitably ensues for our protagonist when his tearaway sister comes to town and causes him to risk it all — against his much better judgement.

Patricia Hodge takes a starring role, alongside stage stalwart Nicholas Le Prevost.

The rarely-seen Dandy Dick should prove a draw to the Theatre Royal this week.

Dandy Dick runs August 7-11, 7.30pm performance with a 2.30pm matinee on Wed, Thurs and Sat. Tickets £12-£27, from 0844 871 7647.