The Ayckbourn Ensemble visit Bath with three thrilling new works
12:33pm Tuesday 25th February 2014 in Theatre
THE AYCKBOURN Ensemble visits Bath this month featuring three thrilling new works and an absorbing revival as Arrivals and Departures, Time of My Life and Farcicals appear at the Theatre Royal, Bath.
Following a spectacular summer season at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough, the Ayckbourn Ensemble tours to Bath with two world premiere productions, Arrivals and Departures and Farcicals - comprising two interconnected one-act plays - and a welcome revival of Alan Ayckbourn’s 1992 show, Time of My Life. Appearing at the Theatre Royal from Monday 3rd March to Saturday, March 8, the week culminates in a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a feast of great theatre with all four plays in one day.
Arrivals and Departures is Alan Ayckbourn’s latest play celebrated by critics as “his new masterpiece”. In this gripping dark comedy, set at a London mainline rail terminus, an elaborate trap is deployed in an attempt to capture a dangerous and elusive terrorist. Major Quentin Sexton and his hand-picked SSDO (Strategic Simulated Distractional Operations) Unit are poised, ready to pounce. To assist them, civilian witness Barry Hawkins and his ‘minder’ Ez Swain are on hand to confirm final identification. What can possibly go wrong?
Arrivals and Departures plays Bath in repertory with Time of My Life, which was first seen at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1992 and presented a year later in the West End at the Vaudeville Theatre. This is its first major revival directed by the author since its Scarborough premiere.
It is Laura Stratton’s fifty-fourth birthday and, to celebrate the event, her husband Gerry, their two sons and their partners are gathered for an evening out in the family’s favourite restaurant. All seems well. Glyn, their eldest son, has patched up his marriage with Stephanie; younger son Adam has a new girlfriend and is deeply in love. But, as their evening proceeds, both skeletons from the past and a spectre of the future are revealed in this compelling psychological comedy.
The third Ayckbourn play touring to Bath is another world premiere production, Farcicals, a pair of interlinked, one-act comedies comprising The Kidderminster Affair and Chloë with Love. In The Kidderminster Affair - a comedy of fun, infidelity and food fights - Teddy’s garden barbecue becomes a hotbed of sexual intrigue. Whilst in Chloë with Love, Teddy’s marriage to Lottie is going through a difficult patch. Cue next-door neighbours Penny and Reggie to the rescue; Penny weighs in to help Lottie and Reggie resolves to help his best friend to resist temptation. But with the arrival of the voluptuous Chloë, all their best laid schemes are put to the test in this comedy of love, lust and loss of trousers.
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