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midsummer20.jpg Midsummer lovin’

David Greig and Gordon McIntyre’s uproarious ‘Midsummer’ is a joyful rom-com thrumming with wild sex and terrible hangovers. It’s coming to Middlesbrough Theatre on 1 May.

Bob is a failing car salesman on the fringes of the underworld. Helena is a high-powered divorce lawyer with a taste for other people’s husbands. She’s out of his league, and he’s not her type. But with a Tesco’s bag full of cash, they embark on a lost weekend of bridge-burning, car chases, wedding bust-ups, midnight trysts and hungover self-loathing. ‘Midsummer’ debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe more than a decade ago, and its reputation has grown ever since, with many critics flagging it up as a modern classic. It’s very funny and effortlessly incorporates Gordon McIntyre’s songs with dashing aplomb (yep, it’s got great songs that all pack a woozy punch), which add immeasurably to the sugar-rush nature of the piece. It also wears its rose-tinted glasses proudly, asking how we choose to remember our own stories. Let some summer into your life early this year.

Midsummer, Friday 1 May, Middlesbrough Theatre, 7.30pm, £16, middlesbroughtheatre.co.uk