Bill Kenwright’s West End production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves, is moving house. The comedy, which has enjoyed huge public and critical acclaim since it opened in March, will extend its West End run, transferring from the Theatre Royal Haymarket to the Duke of York’s from 7th July to 1st October.
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 hopelessly 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…
Olivier Award nominated star of stage and screen, Nicholas Le Prevost, will continue to play Frank Foster opposite Jenny Seagrove as Fiona Foster. Jenny starred in Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular in the West End in at the Garrick in 2007, and is best known for her role as QC Jo Mills in ITV’s Judge John Deed.
Jason Merrells – one of TV’s most popular actors from roles in Lark Rise to Candleford, Cutting It and Waterloo Road, and recently seen as Juror Number 8 in Twelve Angry Men, plays Bob Phillips.
Matthew Cottle, star of BAFTA nominated Game On, and most recently seen in Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business at the National Theatre in 2014, plays William Featherstone opposite Gillian Wright as Mary Featherstone. Gillian is nationally known for her award-winning role as Jean Slater in EastEnders.
Joining the cast in the role of Teresa Phillips will be Andrea Lowe, best known for playing DS Annie Cabbot in the popular ITV series DCI Banks.
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.
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