Alan Ayckbourn’s play Absent Friends is at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing from Thursday May 28th to Saturday May 30th.
London Classic Theatre present Alan Ayckbourn’s painfully funny play which explores friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy. With thirty-one critically-acclaimed productions since their debut in April 2000, they have established a reputation for producing bold, imaginative theatre of the highest quality.
Summer 1974. A well-intentioned tea party descends into chaos.
Wealthy, unfulfilled housewife Diana arranges a gathering of old friends to cheer up bereaved Colin, whose fiancée drowned two months earlier. Paul, her bullying, self-absorbed husband, has recently had a dalliance with Evelyn, the glamorous wife of his friend and incompetent business associate, John. The party is completed by long-suffering Marge, who has left Gordon, her hypochondriac spouse, ailing at home.
Preparations for the party spark tensions and open old wounds. As lingering resentments and deep-rooted jealousies surface, an unexpectedly cheerful Colin strolls into the mayhem.
Alan Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright who has written 78 plays, more than half of which have been produced in London’s West End as well as around the world. In this, one of his finest and darkest plays, his craftsmanship and acute social observation have never been sharper or more biting.
Show times: Thursday May 28th at 7.30 pm, Friday May 29th at 7.30 pm and Saturday May 30th at 2.00 pm and 7.30 pm.
Tickets are: £19.50 with concessions £2.00 discount, and Friends at £16.00.
The Connaught Theatre is at 3 Union Place, Worthing.