A Small Family Business Tickets - Olivier Theatre, National, London

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Venue Information
Olivier Theatre, National

Olivier Theatre, National
South Bank

Seating Plan


(10mins) Follow signs for exits to the South Bank. This should lead you to an underground pedestrian passage called ‘Sutton Walk’ that emerges at the South Bank. Turn right and walk along the river Thames until you see the National Theat

Review Summary
Average Rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars based on 3 review(s)


Latest Review: "... Bounces along apace, with a very good & strong supporting cast and a lovely, rotating house set;..."

The Olivier National Theatre stages this revival of Alan Ayckburne’s 80s classic A Small Family Business, a chance to see an impressive cast – including the renowned Nigel Lindsay – performing under the direction of Adam Penford.

A Small Family Business is a play that earned great praise upon its first run in the capital back in the 80s and its success led to award interest and a Broadway run in the 90s. When it returns to London it will also become a part of National Theatre Live.

The story focuses on the character of Jack McCracken, who inherits his father-in-law’s business, hoping to run it as a man of principle. But this soon turns out to be more difficult than first thought as a private detective approaches him with some alarming and compromising information. It turns out that the extended family that has led him into this situation is made up of criminals and he will have to decide on his own integrity as the plot progresses to its comic and dark end.

Nigel Lindsay is no stranger to audiences thanks not only to his stage work but also to his work in British comedy programmes. Audiences may recognise him as the title character in Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, as well as The Homecoming at the Almeida Theatre and Guys And Dolls at the Piccadilly Theatre, whilst also finding the time to appear in movies like Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Four Lions.

A Small Family Business appears on the Olivier stage from Tuesday 8th April 2014 (previews from Tuesday 1st April 2014).

Show Information
Booking From: Tuesday, 26th August 2014
Booking Until: Wednesday, 27th August 2014
Show Status: This production is closed
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