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Relatively Speaking – The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dan English   In Relatively Speaking, the quintessential British comedy, there are mistaken identities aplenty, which now reaches Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre as part of its UK tour. Written by Alan Ayckbourn, Relatively Speaking sees besotted but insecure Greg (Antony Eden) resolve to marry his girlfriend of just a month, Ginny (Lindsey Campbell). The ...

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Woman in Mind – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Music: Paul Chamberlain Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson “Nothing is what he is, no one is who he seems…” In the second of two alternating Ayckbourn productions, is the tale of Susan – the titular Woman in Mind – and her two families, one real, one a fantastical hallucination. Following an unfortunateincident with a garden rake, ...

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Invisible Friends – Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: John Cotgrave Reviewer: Ruth Jepson You mustn’t talk like that about invisible people. You mustn’t wish ‘em dead! What would you do if your invisible friend not only became suddenly visiblebut also offered to take you away from your boring, grumpy, cares-about-anything-but-you family? Would you stay, or would you wish that your parents and brother would ...

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Henceforward… – Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Set Designer: Roger Glossop Costume Designer: Rebecca Cartwright Reviewer: Ron Simpson Henceforward… has almost too many ideas for its own good – and they fit together somewhat uneasily at times. On its West End transfer in 1987, it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award. Yet, earlier in the year Alan Ayckbourn had planned ...

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Relatively Speaking – The Grand, Leeds

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Robin Herford Reviewer: Dawn Smallwood Relatively Speaking was written in 1965, originally titled Meet My Father. The play premiered in London’s West End in 1967 to positive reviews. This production is jointly presented by Theatre Royal Bath Productions and Kenny Wax Ltd and is currently touring nationwide. The comedy play introduces, Greg (Antony Eden) and Ginny ...

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Consuming Passions: Repercussions – the Bistro at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Writer: Alan Ayckbourn Director: Alan Ayckbourn Designer: Kevin Jenkins Reviewer: Ron Simpson The welcome news at Scarborough is that the lunch-time plays in the Bistro have returned. Nowhere does better than the Stephen Joseph in supplying a varied summer programme for the theatrically inclined holiday-maker. At the moment a total of four premieres, including a children’s play, are running alongside ...

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Other People – St James’ Studio, London

Writers: Alan Ayckbourn and John Mortimer Directors: Lora Davies and Emma Faulkner Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Londoners are busier than ever before, our working hours are creeping ever upwards and there’s never enough time to fit in all the extra-curricular activities we want to do. But the St James’s Theatre has hit upon a fantastic premise for the culture-starved – “Lunchtime ...

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Invincible – Exeter Northcott

The company of Original Theatre's Invincible

Writer: Torben Betts Director: Chris Harper Reviewer:Kelyn Luther Invincible invites comparison with Alan Ayckbourn’s work in its tragicomic look at domestic life. The play explores the north-south class divide, as middle-class southerners Emily (Emily Bowker) and Oliver (Alastair Whatley) move up North and attempt to befriend their neighbours, football-loving Alan (Graeme Brookes) and his glamorous wife Dawn (Kerry Bennett). The ...

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