Alan Ayckbourne’s “Absent Friends” lands on the stage of the Harold Pinter Theatre in January and in the process the venue will once again be the home of various actors that London theatre audiences will recognise from the screen. Reece Shearsmith will be stepping into the role of Colin following his numerous West End and television appearances and Kara Tointon will also be starring the production as Evelyn, whilst the rest of the cast includes David Armand, Elizabeth Berrington, Katherine Parkinson and Steffan Rhodri. Under the direction of Jeremy Herrin the production will appear in the West End from January to April.
Ayckbourne’s “Absent Friends” focuses on the friends of Colin following the death of his fiancée. They decide to join him to help to cheer him up but they are unsure how to act around him or to talk to him about the issue. But there’s more at play as well as they all have their own secrets and interpersonal relationships so what should be a cheerful gathering soon turns into an event full of jealousy and loathing, which they must hide when Colin arrives. The play dates back to 1974 and was penned by the famous British playwright after the “Norman Conquests” trilogy and prior to well known plays like “Bedroom Fare” and “Absurd Person Singular”.
Reece Shearsmith is best known to audiences across the United Kingdom for his appearances with “The League of Gentlemen”, with whom he has starred-in and created television series, radio series, a movie and various stage shows. He has also starred in the recent “Psychoville” television series, in addition to appearances in “Spaced”, “Shaun of the Dead” and “Burke and Hare”, among others. His stage credits include “Ghost Stories” at the Duke of York’s Theatre and “Betty Blue Eyes” at the Novello Theatre.
Kara Tointon, meanwhile, has two television series under her belt which have made her famous and these are “EastEnders” and “Strictly Come Dancing”. She previously appeared in the West End’s “Pygmalion” with Rupert Everett at the Garrick Theatre.
“Absent Friends” follows “Death and the Maiden” at the Harold Pinter Theatre with a run that takes it from Thursday 9th February 2012 (previews from Thursday 26th January 2012) to Saturday 14th April 2012.
|Booking From:||Thursday, 26th January 2012|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 14th April 2012|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
|Running Time:||2 hours|
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