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John Lithgow stars in The Magistrate which will be screened at the Vue at Cheshire Oaks

ACADEMY Award nominee and Tony Award winner John Lithgow takes the title role in uproarious Victorian farce The Magistrate, which is beamed live into cinemas from the National Theatre in London next week.

With his louche air and a developed taste for smoking, gambling, alcohol and women, it’s hard to believe Cis Farringdon is only 14. And that’s because he isn’t. Agatha, his mother, dropped five years from her true age – and his – when she married amiable magistrate Posket.

When her deception looks likely to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps.

In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash hit comedies She Stoops to Conquer, London Assurance and One Man, Two Guvnors, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences across the world doubled up with laughter.

The play will be live on screen at Vue at Cheshire Oaks on Thursday, January 17.

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