It’s sometimes only after a disappointing visit to the theatre that I appreciate the excitement and joy of seeing something special. I’m sorry to say that this week it was the latest production playing in the Olivier at the National Theatre that reminded me of this once again. 636 more words
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A Small Family Business doesn’t feel as one of Alan Ayckbourn’s best plays. It’s not so much it is dated, but a strong plot executed masterfully leaves little space for subtleties in characterisation. 429 more words
There’s been some talk recently about whether theatres have become too reliant on old favourites rather than taking a punt of new drama. Shakespeare often has the finger pointed at him for his ubiquity, but Alan Ayckbourn is surely a contender for most (too?) often staged. 632 more words
A Small Family Business, National Theatre – When thieves, blackmailers, adulterers and criminals unite!
When the National Theatre decided to resuscitate Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, first staged a few months before 1987’s Black Monday, they must have thought they were in for a sure thing. 600 more words