London Classic Theatre celebrate their 20th anniversary with one of Alan Ayckbourn’s most famous plays, the social-climbing comedy Absurd Person Singular.
Set in 1970s suburbia, and following three married couples as they try to one-up each other over the course of three Christmases, Absurd Person Singular will be performed at the New Vic from Wednesday 20 October to Saturday 23 October. Olivier and Tony Award winning Ayckbourn’s (Relatively Speaking, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval) witty writing comes to life in this comic masterpiece, which fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.
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.
Following their successful tour of another Ayckbourn classic, Absent Friends in 2015, London Classic Theatre is excited for Absurd Person Singular to be the centrepiece of their 20th anniversary celebrations.
A socially-distanced performance of this production is available on Thursday 21 October at 7.30pm for those who would feel more comfortable with some extra space during their visit.
Tickets for Absurd Person Singular are on sale now, priced from £17.50 – £26.50, and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 01782 717962 or online at newvictheatre.org.uk. Contains adult themes, recommended age 14 +. Please speak to our Box Office Team for more details.