Joking Apart - in production

A Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company and Salisbury Playhouse Production

Joking Apart

By Alan Ayckbourn

26 January 2013 - 16 February 2013

Auditorium - Tickets £7.50 - £27

2h05m Including an interval

Details

Director: Lucy Pitman-Wallace

A dark comedy about friends you love to hate, and hate to love

Of all his seventy-six plays (so far!), Sir Alan Ayckbourn has frequently said that Joking Apart is one of his favourites.

Played out in the same back garden over a twelve-year period, this painfully funny play explores the unrelenting themes of ageing, jealousy and unrequited love.

Richard and Anthea are the ideal couple. Charming, generous and successful, they can’t help but attract loyal and loving friends. Can they?

Is it possible that being friends with such a golden couple can have its downfalls? Could you actually come to loathe such lovable people, especially when they are so… well… ‘nice’?

Richard, Anthea and their friends repeatedly gather to relax and compete, both on and off the tennis court, as their private agonies emerge to devastating effect.

Cast

Richard Robert Curtis
Anthea Emily Pithon
Hugh Edward Harrison
Louise Sally Scott
Sven Thorston Manderlay
Olive Natasha Byrne
Brian Will Barton
Melody/Mandy/Mo/ Debbie Katie Brayben

Creative Team

Director Lucy Pitman-Wallace
Designer Tom Rogers
Lighting Designer Johanna Town
Sound Designer Paul Dodgson
Associate Director Zoe Waterman

Dates & Times

Joking Apart - Sat 26 Jan 7:45pm Sat 26 Jan Auditorium 7:45pm Preview Hot Night £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Mon 28 Jan 7:45pm Mon 28 Jan Auditorium 7:45pm Preview Hot Night £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Tue 29 Jan 7:45pm Tue 29 Jan Auditorium 7:45pm Preview Hot Night £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Wed 30 Jan 7:45pm Wed 30 Jan Auditorium 7:45pm Press Night £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Thu 31 Jan 7:45pm Thu 31 Jan Auditorium 7:45pm Post Show Talk £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Fri 1 Feb 7:45pm Fri 1 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Sat 2 Feb 2:30pm Sat 2 Feb Auditorium 2:30pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Sat 2 Feb 7:45pm Sat 2 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Mon 4 Feb 7:45pm Mon 4 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Tue 5 Feb 7:45pm Tue 5 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Wed 6 Feb 7:45pm Wed 6 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Thu 7 Feb 1:30pm Thu 7 Feb Auditorium 1:30pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Thu 7 Feb 7:45pm Thu 7 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Fri 8 Feb 7:45pm Fri 8 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Sat 9 Feb 2:30pm Sat 9 Feb Auditorium 2:30pm Audio Described Performance £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Sat 9 Feb 7:45pm Sat 9 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Mon 11 Feb 7:45pm Mon 11 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Tue 12 Feb 7:45pm Tue 12 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Wed 13 Feb 7:45pm Wed 13 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm Audio Described Performance £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Thu 14 Feb 1:30pm Thu 14 Feb Auditorium 1:30pm £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Thu 14 Feb 7:45pm Thu 14 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm Captioned Performance £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Fri 15 Feb 7:45pm Fri 15 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm Sign Interpreted £7.50 - £27
Joking Apart - Sat 16 Feb 7:45pm Sat 16 Feb Auditorium 7:45pm £7.50 - £27

Reviews

It’s altogether delicious, an exposure of human nature at its best and worst.

The Stage

…Quintessential Ayckbourn…distinguished by…impeccable direction from Lucy Pitman-Wallace…All the actors are brilliant.

Nottingham Post

All the actors give a wonderful performance…most definitely one to see.

LeftLion

What better to raise the spirits and add a bit of sunshine than a night at the Playhouse enjoying the current excellent production? I thoroughly recommend it.

Theatreworld

This production of Joking Apart is a perceptive and enjoyable comedy…definitely worth a watch.

Impact Magazine

Praise for previous productions of Joking Apart

…the most satisfying of all his plays so far.

Daily Telegraph

It’s not right, you shouldn’t laugh. But joking apart, I guarantee that you will.

Scarborough Evening News

…packed taut with maliciously funny observation of human foibles…a masterpiece of dramatic construction.

The Guardian

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