U.S. Debut of Alan Ayckbourn's Neighbourhood Watch Opens Off-Broadway Dec. 7

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The American debut of British playwright Alan Ayckbourn's latest comedy, Neighbourhood Watch, about the ills of suburban living, officially opens Dec. 7 as part of the Brits Off-Broadway festival.

Neighbourhood Watch marks Ayckbourn's 75th play. It received its world premiere in September at the playwright's longtime artistic home, The Stephen Joseph Theatre Company in Scarborough, England.

Brits Off-Broadway previously staged the U.S. premieres of Ayckbourn's My Wonderful Day, Private Fears in Public Places and Intimate Exchanges.

The playwright directs his work that began previews Nov. 30 and will run through Jan. 1, 2012.

The cast includes Terence Booth, Alexandra Mathie, Eileen Battye, Phil Cheadle, Matthew Cottle, Richard Derrington, Frances Grey and Amy Loughton.

According to Brits Off-Broadway, "Things are not right on The Bluebell Hill Development. Theft, petty crime, and vandalism—all the ills of modern suburban living—are on the rise. Newcomers Martin and his sister Hilda are the crime wave’s latest victims - on the very day of their housewarming party, no less - and resolve to take action. But what starts out as a well-intentioned neighborhood watch scheme soon develops into something altogether more sinister. And hilarious." Neighbourhood Watch has set and costume design by Pip Leckenby, with lighting design by Mick Hughes.

Ayckbourn's plays include Absurd Person Singular, The Norman Conquests, Season's Greetings, How the Other Half Loves, Absent Friends, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and more.

59E59 Theaters, at 59 E. 59th Street, is run by Elysabeth Kleinhans (artistic director) and Peter Tear (executive producer).

Single ticket prices range $45-$65. Tickets to Brits Off Broadway are available by phoning (212) 279-4200 or online at www.59e59.org. For more information on Brits Off Broadway, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.

Matthew Cottle and Frances Grey
Matthew Cottle and Frances Grey Photo by Karl Andre Photography
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