Theatre The Theatre 2 hours


Directed by Michael Cabot

 Three married couples.  Three kitchens.  Three Christmas parties.  

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect.  As celebrations begin, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities.  But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show. Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.

Five Things You May Not Know About Alan Ayckbourn

  1. As of this year Alan has written 84 full-length plays. His latest is due to open this summer at his home venue, the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough
  2. Last year he published his debut novel, The Divide, about a forbidden love affair in a post-catastrophic England where contact between adult men and women is forbidden.
  3. Between 1965 and 1970 Alan worked as a radio drama producer for the BBC based in Leeds where he created more than 200 audio productions.
  4. Alan’s father Horace was a professional musician and served as deputy leader of London Symphony Orchestra.
  5. Since directing his first professional production in 1961 he has directed more than 350 productions at home and abroad, including the London premieres of 32 of his plays in the West End or National Theatre.

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