The Wyndham’s Theatre becomes the new home of Alan Ayckbourne’s classic comedy “Relatively Speaking” in 2013, reminding audiences how the prolific writer became one of the most well known faces of the British theatre scene back in the 1960s. The show makes its way to the West End with an impressive cast being led by director Lindsay Posner, with Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy, Kara Tointon and Max Bennett among those that will ensure the beloved play finds a new generation of fans when it opens its doors in May. For any London theatre aficionado this is a must-see.
The plot of “Relatively Speaking”, which saw Ayckbourne’s name become synonymous with theatre, focuses on a couple in the form of Greg and Ginny who have been together for a relatively short time but could be on the verge of taking things to the next level. Greg wants Ginny’s hand in marriage, so when he thinks she’s gone to visit her parents he secretly heads out there as well, armed with a hastily penned address, but unknown to him, the people he finds – Philip and Sheila – are not her parents (and Philip is one of her lovers!). The result is a play in which complication arise and by the end of it The Audience is none the wiser as to make-up of this love square.
Sir Alan Ayckbourne’s back catalogue is filled with some of the most celebrated plays in circulation, with “Relatively Speaking” his seventh play that premiered 1965 (prior to its successful run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967). In the decade since he has consolidated this success with a range of equally well-received productions, from “The Sparrow”, “Absurd Person Singular”, “Bedroom Farce” and “The Norman Conquests” to more recent “Snakes in the Grass”, “Improbably Fiction” and “Surprises”.
And the cast that has been assembled for this production has also accumulated a wealth of credits during their careers. Felicity Kendal, for example, is best known for her work in the classic sitcom “The Good Life” but also appeared in “Mrs Warren’s Profession” at the Comedy Theatre (now the Harold Pinter Theatre) and the world premiere of “The Norman Conquests” in the 1970s.
In a year that also sees Lee Evans and Sheila Hancock appear in “Barking In Essex”, “Relatively Speaking” runs at Wyndham’s Theatre from 14th May 2013 and continues into the second half of the summer.
|Booking From:||Tuesday, 14th May 2013|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 31st August 2013|
|Running Time:||2 hours|