The show in London of Relatively Speaking in 1967 at the Duke of York’s Theatre helped to launch Richard Briers’ career, and it also featured Michael Hordern and Celia Johnson.
And now Richard Briers co-star from T.V.s The Good Life, Felicity Kendal is one of the stars in a new production opening in London’s West End at the Wyndhams theatre from 14 May until 31 August 2013, starring Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy, Kara Tointon and Max Bennett.
Relatively Speaking is one of Alan Ayckbourn’s greatest triumphs it was a huge West End success when it first opened in 1967.
Now this well-crafted, humorous play is back.
The action of the play takes place during a summer weekend in the bed-sitting room of Ginny’s London flat and on the garden patio of Sheila and Philip’s home in Buckinghamshire, outside London.
The play Relatively Speaking follows Greg and Ginny’s love story. After just a month, Greg has made up his mind that Ginny’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.
Greg is so besotted with Ginny, but in reality Ginny is visiting the countryside to break things off with her older married lover, Philip. Greg decides to follow her. Showing up unannounced before Ginny, Greg asks for her hand from the man he thinks is her father!
The situation is further complicated by a series of hilarious misunderstandings until no one can be exactly sure who’s in love with whom.
Confusion reigns and there are laughs aplenty in this very funny but poignant play which is so quintessentially English.
Felicity Kendal is one of the UK’s most popular actresses famous for her T.V. roles in The Good Life and Rosemary and Thyme.
Jonathan Coy has many television credits and his theatre credits include most recently the 2011 West End production of Much Ado About Nothing, with David Tennant.
Kara Tointon was recently on the West End stage in Pygmalion, with Rupert Everett, and Absent Friends. She is a former Eastenders actress and famously won Strictly Come Dancing.
Max Bennett’s West End credits include Posh, In Basildon, Luise Miller, Danton’s Death and Waste.
Performance times are:
Mondays to Saturdays Evenings at 7.30 p.m.
Matinees on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.30 p.m.
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