Absurd Person Singular

London Classic Theatre presents
Drama , Comedy
Tuesday 9 June 2020 - Saturday 13 June 2020

Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a Christmas party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As the celebrations get under way, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities. But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.

An Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright, Alan Ayckbourn’s 81 plays have been produced worldwide. Notable successes include: The Norman Conquests, Relatively Speaking, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and Communicating Doors. Following their successful tour of Absent Friends in 2015, Alan Ayckbourn’s much-loved 1972 classic will be the centrepiece of London Classic Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Year.

‘A master of comic ingenuity’
The Guardian

Accessible Performances

BSL Interpreted: Thursday 11 June, 7:30pm

Audio Described: Saturday 13 June, 2:30pm (Touch Tour 1:15pm)

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By Alan Ayckbourn 

Director: Michael Cabot

Lighting: Andy Grange

Costume Design: Kate Lyons


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