HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES
CAROLINE LANGRISHE & ROBERT DAWS
CHARLIE BROOKS & LEON OCKENDEN
MATTHEW COTTLE & SARA CROWE
DIRECTED BY ALAN STRACHAN
One secret love affair. Two disaster-bound dinner parties.
Three couples headed for trouble.
Direct from a highly celebrated extended season in London’s West End, casting has been announced for Bill Kenwright’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves as it gets set thrill audiences across the UK this autumn. The 1969 classic and the first of Ayckbourn’s plays to be staged on Broadway, will open at Theatre Royal Windsor on Wednesday 30th August, continuing to Salford, Glasgow, Malvern, Bath, York, Richmond, Guildford, Cheltenham, Brighton and Norwich.
The star cast includes leading stage and TV actor ROBERT DAWS as ‘Frank Foster’, best known for the hit series’ The Royal, Outside Edge and Roger Roger opposite CAROLINE LANGRISHE as ‘Fiona Foster’ who starred in Lovejoy, Holby City and Judge John Deed.
CHARLIE BROOKS, much-loved for her portrayal of EastEnders’ Janine Butcher performs as ‘Teresa Philips’ with LEON OCKENDEN, best-known for his role as Coronation Street’s Will Chatterton as ‘Bob Philips’.
Completing the couples are MATTHEW COTTLE who reprises his critically acclaimed West End performance as William Featherstone, best known for the BAFTA-nominated Game On. Alongside him will be SARA CROWE as ‘Mary Featherstone’, who’s West End credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singularand The Constant Wife but perhaps is best known for her role in the popular film Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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 futures of all three couples seem in jeopardy…
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 and considered one of Ayckbourn’s most popular plays; How the Other Half Loves received its first major West End revival in 2016, where it once again thrilled audiences. Originally opening at the Theatre Royal Haymarket followed by an extended run at the Duke of York’s, it will now be delighting audiences across the UK.
2017 marks Alan Ayckbourn’s 56th year as a theatre director and his 58th as a playwright. To date he has written 80 plays and his work has been translated into over 35 languages. He became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997 for services to theatre.
Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and The Norman Conquests. In the past four years, there have been revivals of Season’s Greetings and A Small Family Business at the National Theatre and in the West End productions of Absent Friends, A Chorus of Disapproval and Relatively Speaking.
How the Other Half Loves is directed by theatre director and biographer Alan Strachan. Alan has directed plays in New York, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, but the majority of his work has been in London. He was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre in London for over a decade, and has worked with, amongst others, Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Penelope Keith, Maureen Lipman CBE, Sir Michael Gambon and Sir Alec Guinness. He came to early prominence as Alan Ayckbourn’s chosen director, and he has been involved with Ayckbourn’s theatre at Scarborough for many years.
BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS
HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES
Written by ALAN AYCKBOURN
Set and Costumes by JULIE GODFREY
Lighting design by JASON TAYLOR
Sound design by DAN SAMSON
Directed by ALAN STRACHAN
HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES – UK AUTUMN TOUR 2017
Wednesday 30 August – Saturday 9 September
Box Office: 01753 853 888
Theatre Royal, Windsor
Monday 11 – Saturday 16 September
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Salford, The Lowry
Monday 18 – Saturday 23 September
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Theatre Royal, Glasgow
Monday 25 – Saturday 30 September
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Monday 2 – Saturday 7 October
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Theatre Royal, Bath
Monday 9 – Saturday 14 October
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Grand Opera House, York
Monday 16 – Saturday 21 October
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Richmond Theatre, Richmond
Monday 23 – Saturday 28 October
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Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Monday 6 – Saturday 11 November
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Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
Monday 20 – Saturday 25 November
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Theatre Royal, Brighton
Monday 27 November – Saturday 2 December
Box Office: 01603 630000
Theatre Royal, Norwich