How The Other Half Loves at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets
How The Other Half Loves at Theatre Royal Haymarket tickets

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About the show

Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy about matrimonial misunderstandings received its first West End revival since it originally opened at the Lyric Theatre in 1970. A fantastic farce based on madness, mishaps and mistaken identity, How the Other Half Loves is widely regarded as Ayckbourn’s most popular comedy, which opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March of 2016 and ran until June.

Written in 1969, How the Other Half Loves is a comedy based on plenty of marital misunderstandings which play out over the course of two separate dinner parties. Frank and Fiona Foster have a dismally distant relationship, Bob and Teresa Phillips are a rather loud and boisterous couple and William and Mary Featherstone are blissfully happy. Little do they know that the Fosters and Phillips are tangled up in affairs – with each other! Swearing their partners to secrecy, the adulterous couples accidentally implicate the innocent Featherstone’s as alibis, without realising that this will lead to entirely new accusations. A classic farce, Ayckbourn’s comedy of social graces is heart-wrenching yet utterly hilarious.

Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright, earning the coveted Special Lifetime Achievement Award. One of Britain’s most beloved writers and prolific directors, Ayckbourn has worked extensively in the West End, running his own company at the National Theatre. Retiring in 2009, he was previously the Artistic Director of Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre where his new work premieres. 2016 marks Ayckbourn’s 57th year as a playwright, which made it the perfect time for one of his well-loved comedies to make its way back to London. His most notable plays include Relatively Speaking, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce and A Chorus of Disapproval. Joining the cast of his hilarious comedy are Nicholas Le Prevost (People) and Jenny Seagrove (Judge John Deed), Jason Merrells (Emmerdale, Safe House) and Tamzin Outhwaite (Sweet Charity, New Tricks), and Matthew Cottle (Citizen Khan) and Gillian Wright (Eastenders).

How the Other Half Loves was the first of Ayckbourn’s plays to receive a Broadway transfer and is a popular choice with companies throughout the country. Directed by Alan Strachan and produced by Bill Kenwright, who was behind the recent revival of The Wizard of Oz, How the Other Half Loves opened for a limited run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in March, before transferring to the Duke of York's Theatre in June following huge success.

Recommended for

Those who are fans of comedies such as The Play that Goes Wrong will enjoy this equally comical farce. Fans of Ayckbourn will love this revival.

Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages.

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Opened: 23 Mar 2016
Press night: 31 Mar 2016
Booking from: 24 Jun 2016
Booking until: 25 Jun 2016

Location and map

Theatre Royal Haymarket
London, SW1Y 4HT

29 Reviews Add review

This show was quite different to what I expected and I suppose that was in a good way. The show was really quite funny, fast paced... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 6 helpful votes

ollielintott 5"10, 62 reviews, 1 helpful vote

gmr 180, 175 reviews, 4 helpful votes

mickeyjotheatre 5"11', 118 reviews, 9 helpful votes

This was a surprisingly funny show, with excellent performances all round but particularly Nicholas le Provost. It's not as fast paced... More

ianleete 13 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Very funny and very well played by all the cast - Alan Ayckbourn at his best! Good old British slapstick.

mssmittenkitten 5'10, 92 reviews, 6 helpful votes

byong15 170cm, 64 reviews, 3 helpful votes

Slightly old-fashioned but well put-together comedy.

palelylaura 5'10", 166 reviews, 11 helpful votes

This show was much funnier than I had expected and it was so pleasing to come away from the theatre with such a feel good factor. The... More

15hugo 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote