Our American Cousin

Our American Cousin

5 (1) · Fringe Theatre, Classical & Opera

Don't know the manners of good society, eh? Well, I guess I know enough to turn you inside out, old gal – you sockdolagizing old man trap!


The 1850s. Trenchard Manor, somewhere in the British countryside, is home to a very British family with some very British problems.

Sir Edward, patriarch of the household, is close to financial ruin and is desperately seeking ways to satisfy his creditors without losing the family estate.

The Manor is sought after by the villainous Coyle who also has designs on Sir Edward's lovely daughter, Florence. Meanwhile, her cousin, Mary Meredith, the rightful heir, is consigned to working as a milkmaid for the Manor.

Cultures clash and plans are foiled when Asa Trenchard, a long lost cousin, arrives from the United States of America with his own claim to her inheritance. "I'm Asa Trenchard, born in Vermont, suckled on the banks of Muddy Creek, about the tallest gunner, the slickest dancer, and generally the loudest critter in the state."

Amidst all the drama and conspiracy, the ridiculous toff Lord Dundreary is trying to find his hair dye, woo the sickly Georgina, and not bump into the furniture…

Critic reviews

This charming 1852 comedy...it has a vital energy...A welcome and surprising revival.

The Guardian

Date & time

Show ended
Sun 29 Mar - Tue 14 Apr, Sun & Mon 7.30pm, Tue mats 2.00pm
Runtime: 2 hrs


118 Finborough Road SW10 9ED London, UK · Get Directions
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