Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves, will appear in the West End this spring at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from Wednesday 23rd March 2016 to Saturday 25th June and is produced by Bill Kenwright.
At turns heart-wrenching and hilarious, Ayckbourn’s tale of social graces and personal misunderstanding remains one of the celebrated writer’s most famous comedies.
An extraordinary success on opening in the West End in 1970 at the Lyric Theatre, How the Other Half Loves ran for a staggering 869 performances, delighting critics and audiences alike. Fondly loved as one of Ayckbourn’s most popular plays; How the Other Half Loves is now set to receive its first major West End revival this spring.
Plot: As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become 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…
2016 marks Alan Ayckbourn’s 55th year as a theatre director and his 57th as a playwright. To date he has written 80 plays – the latest of which will open at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in 2016 – and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world and has won countless awards.
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