Laughter is the best medicine at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE – This summer, visitors to the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge will receive a prescription for non-stop laughter with the infectiously funny farce It Runs in the Family, on stage Aug. 11 to 28.

“This show has everything – mistaken identities, double entendres, startling revelations, and most of all, non-stop laughs,” says Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment.  

“Laughter is something that has been sorely missed throughout the pandemic, and we all need it now more than ever.” 

Farcical comedies remain popular for their innate ability to offer an escape from the everyday, Drayton Entertainment officials say.

Penned by master playwright Ray Cooney, It Runs in the Family is widely considered the world’s funniest farce, and is certain to leave audiences completely entertained from start to finish, officials add. The story is structured like a house of cards, as it builds up with one frantic situation after another, but ultimately, it’s the audience that collapses – with laughter.

The production is directed by Mustakas, who has directed over 100 productions for Drayton Entertainment and other theatre companies across Canada.

Mustakas is joined by set designer David Antscherl, costume designer Jessica Pembleton, lighting designer Jeff JohnstonCollins, stage manager Paul Pembleton and assistant stage manager Frances Johnson.

Rob McClure plays Dr. David Mortimore, with Eddie Glen as Dr. Hubert Bonney, the best friend who unintentionally gets caught in the web of deceit. Keith Savage plays Bill, with Patricia Vanstone, making her Drayton Entertainment debut as  Rosemary Mortimore. Amanda Leigh stars as Nurse Jane Tate, and Ben Skipper as her troubled son, Leslie Tate with Aaron Walpole as the regimented Police Sergeant. 

Patrick R. Brown, a veteran of numerous Drayton Entertainment productions, tackles the role of Sir Willoughby Drake.

The cast also includes Teddy Moynihan as Dr. Mike Connolly, Mary Kelly as Matron, and Laurel Brown as Mother/Sister. 

It Runs in the Family is on stage from Aug. 11 to 28 at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. 

Regular performance tickets are $53 for adults, $32 for youth under 20 years of age and $43 for groups of 20 or more and select Discount Dates. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.  Tickets may be purchased in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, by calling the Box Office at 519-621-8000 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866), or online at