Don’t Dress for Dinner

June 8 - 24, 2018

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre (Reserved Seating)

Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a Cordon Bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights, and has invited his best friend, Robert, along to provide the alibi. It’s foolproof. What could possibly go wrong?

Well… Suppose Robert turns up, not realizing quite why he has been invited. Suppose Robert and Jacqueline are secret lovers and consequently determined that Jacqueline will not leave for the weekend. Suppose the cook must pretend to be the mistress, and the mistress is unable to cook. Suppose everyone’s alibi is confused with everyone else’s. An evening of hilarious confusion ensues as Bernard and Robert improvise at breakneck speed.

By Marc Camoletti

Directed by Patrick Torres


“Directed by RLT’s Artistic Director Patrick Torres and set against Elizabeth Newton’s beautiful scenic design, Don’t Dress for Dinner delivers laugh-out-loud moments amid sheer lunacy.” – BroadwayWorld

“In real life this might be the last dinner party any of us would attend willingly. From the safety of the audience, though, all these shenanigans make for a delightful evening. No need to change clothes; come as you are.” – Talkin’ Broadway

“Raleigh Little Theatre’s version, directed by Patrick Torres, lives up to the bawdy, hilarious nature of the original script by Robin Hawdon, which itself is an adaptation of a Marc Camoletti play.” – Triangle Arts and Entertainment Magazine

“Director Patrick Torres has leaned into the frantic pacing and physical clowning and it proves tremendously effective. The laugh-per-minute rate is practically incalculable at this speed”- Chatham Life & Style

Ticket Information

Tickets available now. Buy them online or from the box office at 919-821-3111. Group sales are also available from the box office.

Seating is Reserved Seating.

The runtime is 2 hours and 10 minutes with one intermission. Don’t Dress for Dinner is part of the RLT Sutton Series.

Show times:

  • Thursdays-Saturdays at 8:00pm
  • Sundays at 3:00pm

Ticket prices (including taxes):

  • Adults: $25
  • Students/Seniors: $21
  • First Sunday Performance: $15 for all

Seniors are age 62 and up. Students are through college.

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Cast List

Rob Jenkins
Jenny Anglum
Michael Parker
A.C. Donohue
Tara Nicole Williams
Will Harris

Accessibility Information

  • All performances are wheelchair accessible.

  • Assistive listening devices are available for all performances. A hearing loop has also been installed in the Cantey V. Sutton Theatre.

  • Audio description for those with visual disabilities is provided by Arts Access. The Sunday, June 17 performance at 3pm will be described.