'How To Build A Better Tulip' At The Tabard Theatre

Win tickets to see this comic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' novel


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How to Build a Better Tulip is a modern comic adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel of flower breeding and politics, The Black Tulip.

You can win a pair of tickets to the show and meet the cast afterwards by answering the question at the bottom of this article.

Veteran New York and London playwright/director Mark Giesser returns to the Tabard with his modern update of the classic Dumas novel The Black Tulip, a comedy about the importance of good breeding.

(L-R) Zoe Simon, Zoe Ann Bown, Richard Lynson  Picture;: Richard W Davenport

After years abroad, Dr Audrey Braddock thinks she’s finally found a home for herself and her special maize plants. Lincolnshire’s South Holland University may not be top-class, but at least it gives her a place to work.

That is, if she can resist the incessant nagging of her 17th century Dutch ancestor, who insists that she complete his failed attempt to breed the perfect black tulip. And if she can outmaneuver Dr Adrian Vanderpol, a younger rival whose petunia experiments aren’t necessarily what they seem. And if she can figure out why her wayward daughter Perci pays so much attention to Adrian’s research.

But can you really engineer a weapon of mass destruction from a tulip?

Giesser returns to the Tabard this spring with his third production for the venue – perfectly timed to coincide with the Chelsea Flower Festival which runs at the end of May – directing a well-established ensemble cast:

Zoë Ann Bown [Audrey Braddock]: West End productions include La Cage Aux Folles; of the Opera;

Richard Lynson [Adrian Vanderpol]: West End productions include Rainman; Complete Bible Abridged;

Zoë Simon [Perci Braddock]: Stage work includes Silent Partners; The Tragedy of Master Arden of Faversham;

Molly Vevers [Sheila Crouch/Cornelia Vanderpot and Martin Wimbush [Carolus Hoofdorn/Sergeant Ellsworth]:

Special Offers

Previews on 1 - 3 May, £10.
Booking code PETAL

Member of a botanical society or garden club? Show proof of membership and save £5 off the regular price. Booking code GREENHOUSE.

Enquiries: 0208 995 6035

Competition; Win a pair of tickets to press night on May 9th and an invitation to the after-show party by answering this question:

“On which classic Dumas novel is How To Build A Better Tulip based?

Entries should be sent to;



Dates: Wednesday 30th April – Saturday 31st May 2014
Times: Tuesday – Saturday @ 7.30pm
Prices: £17 /£15 (conc)
Box Office: 0208 995 6035 or online
Website: www.tabardtheatre.co.uk

Box Office www.tabardtheatre.co.uk

May 1, 2014

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