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A black comedy/farce from the acclaimed film-maker and author of Abigail's Party.
Returning home unexpectedly from holiday, Rex Weasel, owner of the Vermination Pest Control Company, hides in a wardrobe when he hears intruders.
It's his employee Vic Maggot with his wife out on a spree - but they also have to hide when Weasel's gormless son turns up with his garrulous girlfriend.
The comedy frantically approaches farce, but the drama is continuously underscored by Leigh's trademark ability to create conversations that are both painful and hilarious in their banal accuracy.
Mike Leigh's play Smelling a Rat premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in 1988.
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