Last Updated on 12th October 2021
Absurd Person Singular UK Tour 2021 – London Classic Theatre will present Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy from 16 June 2021 directed by Michael Cabot
London Classic Theatre today announce a new UK tour of their postponed 20th anniversary production of Absurd Person Singular by Alan Ayckbourn.
Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.
Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As celebrations begin, 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.
The Absurd Person Singular UK Tour is directed by Michael Cabot, set design by Simon Scullion, costume design by Kate Lyons and lighting design by Andy Grange.
The production opens at Derby Theatre on 16 June, before touring to Coventry, Malvern, Guildford, Peterborough, Weston-Super-Mare, Cheltenham, Bury St Edmunds, Bath, Doncaster, Winchester, Ilfracombe, Chelmsford and Exeter, concluding at Theatr Clwyd on 16 October. All performances will be staged in line with current government guidelines.
Artistic Director Michael Cabot said today “We are thrilled to be getting back on the road again. After such a turbulent and challenging year, we are looking forward to reconnecting with audiences and playing our part in the return of live theatre around the UK. We have been in regular contact with our cast and stage management throughout the shutdown and I’m delighted that they are all returning for the new tour. They are a fantastic team and it will be wonderful to see them all back at work, doing what they do best. Rehearsals start in four weeks and we can’t wait!”
16 – 19 June 2021
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
23 – 26 June 2021
29 June – 3 July 2021
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
6 – 10 July 2021
Key Theatre, Peterborough
13 – 14 July 2021
The Playhouse, Weston-Super-Mare
16 – 18 July 2021
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
3 – 7 August 2021
Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
10 – 14 August 2021
Theatre Royal Bath
31 August – 4 September 2021
14 – 15 September 2021
Theatre Royal Winchester
21 – 25 September 2021
The Landmark, Ilfracombe
28 – 29 September 2021
Civic Theatre, Chelmsford
1 – 2 October 2021
Exeter Northcott Theatre
5 – 9 October 2021
12 – 16 October 20221