One secret love affair.
Two disaster-bound dinner parties.
Three couples headed for trouble.
Alan Ayckbourn’s first West End hit – farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How The Other Half Loves – receives its first major West End revival, directed by Alan Strachan with an all-star cast and running for a strictly limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become hopelessly stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they’ve become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the future of all three couples seems in jeopardy…
The star cast includes Olivier Award nominated stage and screen actor Nicholas Le Prevostopposite Jenny Seagrove. Jenny starred in Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular in the West End at the Garrick in 2007, and is best known for her role as ‘QC Jo Mills’ in ITV’s Judge John Deed. Jason Merrells – one of TV’s most popular actors from roles in Lark Rise to Candleford, Cutting It and Waterloo Road stars opposite Tamzin Outhwaite known for her numerous lead television roles such as ‘Melanie Owen’ in EastEnders and ‘Rebecca Mitchell’ in Hotel Babylon. Joining them will be Matthew Cottle, from the BAFTA nominated Game On, and most recently seen in Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business at the National Theatre in 2014, opposite Gillian Wright. Gillian is nationally known for her award-winning role as ‘Jean Slater’ in EastEnders.
Fondly loved as one of Ayckbourn’s most popular plays, How The Other Half Loves was first seen in 1969 and remains one of the celebrated writer’s most famous comedies. Director Alan Strachan came to early prominence as the of Ayckbourn’s chosen director, and he has been involved with Ayckbourn’s theatre at Scarborough for many years.
For the post-show Q&A on Tuesday 29 March 2016, I’ll be joined by director Alan Strachan and members of the cast. The Q&A is free to all ticket-holders.