The story, much as usual with this playwright, is set in middle-class suburbia, where misunderstandings and misinterpretations give rise to the kind of drolleries for which Ayckbourn
is celebrated and, more to the point, for which he fills theatres up and down the land.
loves a set device, and on this occasion the audience is afforded glimpses of the flats above and below.
Bennett, who once earned plaudits " for going on as Hamlet as David Tennant's understudy, was full of admiration for Natalie's pluck in choosing a high profile Ayckbourn
play rather than a glitzy star vehicle.
Sir Alan Ayckbourn
directs a 13-strong cast, including two children in Arrivals and Departures
Season's Greetings was premiered in September 1980 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough when Ayckbourn
ACT has previously staged 10 Ayckbourn
plays with other directors.
at his most daringly Chekhovian, he spins a high tragedy via the comic absurdity of Diana wanting to look like a Canadian Mountie.
SIR Alan Ayckbourn
could have been starring in one of his own farces after mistaking a burglar for a guest at his mansion.
But, when Alan Ayckbourn
is involved, they are hilarious.
The Alan Ayckbourn
production stars Gavin Baldwin, Simone Hunter, Anne Koheji and Mike Franklin.
Reza falls somewhere between Alan Ayckbourn
and Tom Stoppard in her style of presentation and Christopher Hampton's translation isn't his most fluid.
This was my first experience of Ayckbourn
, live on stage.