Summer 1974. A well-intentioned tea party descends into chaos.
Wealthy, unfulfilled housewife Diana arranges a gathering of old friends to cheer up bereaved Colin, whose fiancée drowned two months earlier. Paul, her bullying, self-absorbed husband, has recently had a dalliance with Evelyn, the glamorous wife of his friend and incompetent business associate, John. The party is completed by long-suffering Marge, who has left Gordon, her hypochondriac spouse, ailing at home.
Preparations for the party spark tensions and open old wounds. As lingering resentments and deep-rooted jealousies surface, an unexpectedly cheerful Colin strolls into the mayhem.
Acerbic and painfully funny, Absent Friends explores friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy. In one of his finest plays, Ayckbourn’s craftsmanship and acute social observation have never been sharper or more biting.
Alan Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright who has written 78 plays, more than half of which have been produced in London’s West End as well as around the world.
With 31 critically-acclaimed productions since their debut in April 2000, London Classic Theatre have established a reputation for producing bold, imaginative work of the highest quality. Absent Friends celebrates LCT’s 15th Anniversary as a touring company.
|Mon 8 Jun||7:45pm|
|Tue 9 Jun||7:45pm|
|Wed 10 Jun||2:30pm|
|Wed 10 Jun||7:45pm|
|Thu 11 Jun||7:45pm|
|Fri 12 Jun||7:45pm||Captioned Performance|
|Sat 13 Jun||2:30pm||Audio Described|
|Sat 13 Jun||7:45pm|
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