Thursday, 12 February 2015

Full casting announced for Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends 2015 UK Tour

Casting has been announced for the 2015 UK Tour of Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends. The show runs as part of London Classic Theatre's 15th Anniversary season. 

The production opens at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on 28th April and will tour to a total of 16 venues, concluding at Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre on 18th July 2015. See full tour dates below. 

The full cast includes: Ashley Cook (Colin), John Dorney (John), Kevin Drury (Paul), Catherine Harvey (Diana), Kathryn Ritchie (Evelyn) and Alice Selwyn (Marge). Michael Cabot directs with design by Simon Kenny and lighting by Andy Grange.

Acerbic and painfully funny, Absent Friends explores friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy. In one of his finest plays, Ayckbourn’s craftsmanship and acute social observation have never been sharper or more biting. 

Alan Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright who has written 78 plays, more than half of which have been produced in London's West End as well as around the world. Some of his best known work includes Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests, Relatively Speaking, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and Communicating Doors.

Tour Dates

Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne
28 April - 2 May

Blackpool Grand
5-9 May

Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
11-13 May

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
14-16 May

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
19-20 May

Theatre Royal, Winchester
21-23 May

King's Theatre, Southsea
26-27 May

Connaught Theatre, Worthing
28-30 May

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
2-6 June

Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
8-13 June

Richmond Theatre
15-20 June

Lyceum Crewe
22-24 June

Greenwich Theatre
25-27 June

Theatre Royal, Margate
30 June-1 July

Assembly Halls, Tunbridge Wells
2-4 July

Derby Theatre
7-11 July

Cheltenham Everyman
13-18 July

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