Alan Ayckbourn Ensemble is at Watford Palace Theatre this week with two bittersweet comedies and two frivolous shorts. Arrivals and Departures is the latest play from legendary writer Alan Ayckbourn, combining his famous sense of humour with theatrical creativity and keen emotional insight. His latest play evokes echoes of JB Priestley and Samuel Beckett…only with a lot more laughs!
In addition, the same cast will be reviving Ayckbourn’s classic comedy of social commentary, Time of My Life. A family celebrates a birthday in their favourite restaurant, surrounded by the ghosts of their dysfunctional past and an uncertain future; they snipe, gripe and laugh their way through the years.
Judi Herman writes: “If you love Alan Ayckbourn for his singular ability to turn on a sixpence from farce to tragedy, then Arrivals and Departures is for you. And if you want a chance to see his work performed by his own crack Ensemble from the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, directed by the man himself, then this is it!” If you would like to read the full review by Judi Herman of Arrivals and Departures, then please click on “Theatre Reviews” or “Judi Herman Interviews” at the top of this page.
And Saturday morning, audiences can see Farcicals, two frivolously funny one-act farces that are full of philandering, fun, love, lust and lost trousers.
On Saturday 15 March audiences can see all three plays in a day for just £40.
Box Office: 01923 225671 or online www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk