1975 would see Alan Ayckbourn get to work on one of his many masterpieces of the stage. The acclaimed playwright was already well known for classic pieces work such as “The Norman Conquests” and “Absurd Person Singular”, but “Bedroom Farces”, as his new play would be called, received particular critical acclaim for its manipulation of space and time. The result was a play that was an effective comedy with a compelling and fascinating plot, which would go on to stand the test of time as it continues to be performed to this day.
The latest incarnation of this story is at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2010, appearing on the back of its previous staging at the Rose Theatre in Kingston the year before. The show had already been revived at the Aldwych Theatre in 2002, when Richard Briers and June Whitfield appeared in lead roles, but this production stands out for reuniting the text with its original director of Sir Peter Hall.
Hall stepped into the director’s chair at the Rose Theatre in 2009 and now brings his decades of experience to the production of the Duke of York’s. A well known figure of the stage and film industry,
Hall has directed some classic shows over the years, including the original London production of “Waiting for Godot” in 1955. However, he is best known for founding the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1960s, before he took on the role of the Artistic Director of the National Theatre in the 1970s and 1980s. It means that Bedroom Farce is likely to be an anticipated production as the renewed fusion of Ayckbourn and Hall gives the show an air of respectability and trust from the audience.
In Bedroom Farce we are introduced to four couples, whose evenings will be interrupted by the marriage problems of Susannah and Trevor. The pair are facing a dilemma and, as everyone knows, the best way to deal with a problem is to seek the help of friends and family, meaning that Malcolm & Kate, Delia & Ernest and Jan & Nick are unlikely to get any sleep before the sun appears once again come dawn. Bedroom Farce is therefore a compelling look at the relationship and the ways in which the whirlwind of troubles seek to whip up all those around.
Bedroom Farce is at the Duke of York’s Theatre from Tuesday 30th March 2010 (previews from Wednesday 24th March 2010) to Saturday 10th July 2010.
|Booking From:||Wednesday, 24th March 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 10th July 2010|
|Matinees:||Thursday 3pm and Saturday 4pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.45pm|
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