Whole Day Excursion to Brighton
Thursday 23rd November 2017
How the Other Half Loves
By Alan Ayckbourn
A hilarious comedy with a great star cast
Theatre Royal Brighton 2.30pm
Our destination: The Brighton Theatre Royal, a stunning Grade II listed building in the heart of the cultural quarter, offers a great programme of shows throughout the year. From West End plays, top-notch comedies and spectacular pantomimes at Christmas it offers the best theatrical line-up along the South Coast. This is probably why we enjoy visiting Brighton so much.
The Play: Following its critically acclaimed West End revival at the Haymarket, Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious tale of matrimonial mishaps and London’s funniest comedy of 2016 embarks on a national tour.
As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become hopelessly stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they’ve become involved. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the future of all three couples seems in jeopardy…
The Cast: A star cast includes leading stage and TV actor Robert Daws, best known for the hit series’The Royal, Outside Edge and Roger Roger opposite Caroline Langrishe who starred in Lovejoy, Holby City and Judge John Deed, MatthewCottlefrom the Bafta-nominated Game On who transfers direct from the West End production andSara Crowe, whose West End credits include Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular and The Constant Wife but perhaps is best known for her role in the popular film Four Weddings and a Funeral. Charlie Brookswho starred in the popular British television shows The Bill, Bleak House and Wired but is perhaps best known for her role as Janine Butcher in Eastenders stars alongside Leon Ockenden, who currently plays Will in long-running soap; Coronation Street. Further star casting to be announced.
The Author: Alan Ayckbourn has to be one of the Theatre Club of Kent’s favourite authors – I try to include at least one of his comedies in our annual programme.
Lunch: I am not offering an optional lunch on this occasion as there are many restaurants, café’s and pubs in Brighton, some in the same road as the theatre. Not far away are the famous Lanes with yet more restaurants and if you fancy fish and chips just head for the pier.
Excursion Price: £57.00
Price includes: coach travel throughout; coffee and biscuits en-route, theatre ticket, coach driver’s gratuity, courier services
COACH BOARDING POINTS
8.00am Sandwich Railway Station
8.08am Sholden Church
8.12am Deal Fire Station Bus Stop
8.15am Deal South Street
8.20am Walmer – opposite butcher’s shop
8.40am Dover – St Paul’s Catholic Church, Maison Dieu Rd
9.00am Folkestone outside Bus Station
9.05am Folkestone bus stop opposite Trinity Church
9.10am Seabrook bus stop opposite Fountain Pub
9.15am Hythe Red Lion Square bus stop
9.45am Great Danes Hotel near Maidstone [coffee stop]