This production of Ayckbourn’s much loved comedy, is the first major West End revival for over 20 years. With one hidden love affair, two doomed dinner parties and three disaster-bound couples, what could possibly go wrong?
The story follows Bob and Fiona as they try to clumsily hide their affair, while their partner’s interfering only adds to the confusion. With Mary and William Featherstone having become awkwardly stuck in the middle and wrongly accused of philandering, they are not quite sure how they ever became involved at all.
As the comedy peaks into two disastrous dinner parties, one after another, following which the relationship of all three couples is a bit on the rocks.
How The Other Half Loves features an all-star cast of West End favourites, including the Olivier Award nominated Nicholas Le Prevost, who many may recognise from Man and Superman at the National Theatre, as well as the films Run for Your Wife and Shakespeare In Love. He is joined by West End legend Jenny Seagrove who is known for her prolific work in London theatre, including recently playing Julia in Fallen Angels as well as having previously starred in another of Ayckbourn’s great comedies, Absurd Person Singular.
Tamzin Outhwaite also joins the cast, best known for her huge range of much-loved TV roles, including Melanie Owen in EastEnders and Rebecca Mitchell in Hotel Babylon. She stars opposite Jason Merrells (Lark Rise to Candlerford, Cutting It and Waterloo Road), as well as Matthew Cottle (Game On & A Small Family Business) and Gillian Wright (EastEnders).
How The Other Half Loves is seen as one of Ayckbourn’s most loved comedies, having opened in London’s West End in 1970 and running for a huge 869 shows, receiving audience and critical acclaim alike. With heart-wrenching turns yet with hilarious crescendos of comedy, the Ayckbourn tale of social graces and humorous misunderstandings is one of his most famous comedies.
Alan Ayckbourn has had a hugely prolific career, with over 50 years as a playwright the has encompassed over 80 plays, including ones that have been recently revived din London such as Season’s Greetings and A Small Family Business. Ayckbourn was the first British playwright to win both Tony and Olivier Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was even knighted in 1997 for his work in theatre.
This new production of How The Other Half Loves was directed by Alan Strachan, who is known for his work all over the world, as well as his long-term stint as Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre, however has received most acclaim for becoming Ayckbourn’s chosen director.
How The Other Half Loves received glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike, and due to popular demand transferred to the Duke Of York’s Theatre for a three month extension, with the new run having opened on 7th July 2016 and ran through to 1st October 2016.
Recommended forHow The Other Half Loves is a must see for any fans of Ayckbourn’s previous work, such as the recent production of A Small Family Business at the National Theatre. With the momentum of glowing critical reviews and popular performances in its previous run behind it, it should become a must-see for any West End comedy lovers in general.
Age Recommendations: Suitable for all ages.