Relatively Speaking, Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success, stars Robert Powell and Liza Goddard, two of our most highly regarded TV and stage actors.
This new production from Theatre Royal Bath Productions (Present Laughter, The Father), directed by Robin Herford (The Woman in Black) promises to be a joyfully funny take on one of Ayckbourn’s funniest plays and the one which turned him into a household name
Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, when the show opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent.
Greg only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she’s the girl for him. When she tells him that she’s going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand. Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is – they’re not Ginny’s parents.
Robert Powell received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of Jesus in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth. His extensive stage performances include Alan Bennett’s Single Spies, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and most recently King Charles III.
Liza Goddard is one of the UK’s favourite actresses. Her extensive range of Ayckbourn credits includes Life of Riley, Communicating Doors, Season’s Greetings, Life and Beth and If I Were You. Television work includes cult classics Doctor Who and Bergerac. She has made guest appearances in BBC’s Wild West, CITV’s Out of Sight and ITV’s Midsomer Murders.
They are joined by Lindsey Campbell as Ginny and Anthony Eden as Greg.
Director Robin Herford’s numerous credits include Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce and Season’s Greetings, Rain Man, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles and the phenomenally successful stage adaptation of The Woman in Black – a production which has now celebrated 25 years in the West End and been seen by over seven million people.
Designer Peter McKintosh is the winner of an Olivier Award for Crazy For You in the West End and was Olivier nominated for Hello Dolly. His productions of Death And The Maiden, Butley and The 39 Steps all received Tony nominations on Broadway.
Theatre Royal Bath Productions are one of the most highly regarded producers of touring and West End productions. Recent productions include the phenomenally successful The Father with Kenneth Cranham (West End and on tour), Present Laughter with Samuel West and Phyllis Logan (UK tour) and the upcoming Stepping Out with Amanda Holden, Tamsin Outhwaite and TracyAnn Oberman and A Room with A View with Felicity Kendal.
Quays Theatre, The Lowry
Mon 17 – Sat 22 Oct 2016
Times: 7.30pm, Wed & Sat 2pm
Tickets: £27.50 – £32.50 (inc bkg fee)