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Absurd Person Singular By Alan Ayckbourn

Tue 10 — Sat 14 Aug

Running Time : 2 hours 20 minutes

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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.



What the press say

Sharp and witty direction... a compelling watch.

Alanna Boden, West End Best Friend

This is comedy with an edge ... g reat ensemble acting.

Janice Dempsey, Essential Surrey

A master of comic ingenuity.

The Guardian

Ayckbourn skewers 1979s attitudes and casual misogyny with gleeful malice and this production from London Classic Theatre wisely avoids updating a period piece that is funny, shocking and sad.

Neil Norman, Daily Express

This new revival from London Classic Theatre is faithful to the original, and the observation is sharp and amusing. The settings, characters and relationships are well remembered, and the acting is impeccable.

Kevin Anderson, Eastbourne Herald

The acute humour is pitch - perfect, and, far from being dated, the piece seems ahead of its time.

Colin Davison, British Theatre Guide


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