Peter Hall's Revival of Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce Will Transfer to West End's Duke of York's Theatre

News   Peter Hall's Revival of Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce Will Transfer to West End's Duke of York's Theatre Peter Hall's new production of Alan Ayckbourn's Bedroom Farce, first seen at the Rose Theatre, Kingston last October, is to transfer to the West End's Duke of York's Theatre, beginning performances March 24, prior to an official opening March 30, booking for a limited 14-week season through July 10.

The cast includes Daniel Betts, Tony Gardner and Finty Williams, all reprising their performances from the Rose Theatre, newly joined by Sara Crowe, David Horovitch and Orlando Seale. The sets are designed by Simon Higlett, with costumes by Mark Bouman and Mia Flodquist, lighting design by Peter Mumford, and sound design by Gregory Clarke. The West End run is produced by Bill Kenwright, Thelma Holt and Howard Panter for The Ambassador Theatre Group.

Hall also directed the play's original London premiere at the National Theatre in 1977, prior to a subsequent Broadway transfer to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 1979, with the original London cast that included Polly Adams, Michael Gough, Joan Hickson, Delia Lindsay, Susan Littler, Stephen Moore, Derek Newark and Michael Stroud. Gough and Hickson were respectively Tony winners for Best Featured Actor and Actress in a Play, while the play was nominated for the Best Play Tony. Hall and Ayckbourn, who co-directed, were nominated for Best Direction of a Play.

According to press materials, the play, which shines a spotlight on the trials and tribulations of suburban marriage, revolves around four couples, three bedrooms, two celebrations, one blazing row and an illicit kiss (or two). Trevor and Susannah have a problem relationship which requires urgent attention. What better solution than to talk it over with family and friends? Preferably in their respective bedrooms and ideally in the middle of the night. Inevitably, one problem relationship tends to spark off another. When you have friends like Trevor and Susannah, nobody gets much sleep.

Betts is best known for his TV credits that include "Law and Order," "The Bill" and "Holby City." Gardner is known for his appearances in the ITV series "My Parents are Aliens" and Jack Dee's BBC sitcom "Lead Balloon." Williams, daughter of Judi Dench, appeared in the BBC drama "Cranford" and onstage in The Chiltern Hundreds at the Vaudeville Theatre.

Crowe was last seen onstage in Calendar Girls at the Coward Theatre. Horovitch starred in Agatha Christie's "Miss Marple" on TV and regularly appears onstage, including recent appearances in Absurd Person Singular at the Garrick Theatre, and the double bill of Ronald Harwood plays Taking Sides and Collaboration at the Duchess Theatre. Seale is a regular on BBC's "Casualty." To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7623, or visit www.ambassadortickets.com

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