Alan Ayckbourn’s

RELATIVELY SPEAKING

The Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 14 – 18 February

The Devonshire Park Theatre 2023 season opens with Liza Goddard, Steven Pacey and Antony Eden starring in a new adaptation of an Ayckbourn classic, the beautifully crafted, uproariously funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking14 – 18 February.

This play was Alan Ayckbourn’s first West End hit in 1967, following its first production 2 years earlier. Now 58 years later this ludicrously funny tale of mistaken identities and excruciating misunderstandings is back and it’s as hilarious as ever!

A dizzying series of misinterpretations, confusion and betrayal creates a delicious theatrical experience which is painfully, and at times darkly, funny.

Greg met Ginny a month ago and is sure that she’s the girl for him. When she tells him that she’s going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand in marriage. Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden. The only thing is, they’re not Ginny’s parents…

Directed by Robin Herford (Stray Dogs, The Woman in Black, Rough Justice) and produced by Theatre Royal Bath Productions (A Song at Twilight, An Hour and a Half Late).

Liza Goddard is one of the UK’s favourite actresses. Her extensive range of Ayckbourn credits incudes Life of Riley, Communicating Doors and Season’s Greetings. Her television work includes cult classics Doctor Who and Bergerac.

Steven Pacey’s extensive credits include stage work with the RSC and National Theatre and an Olivier Award nomination, television and film credits include Blake’s 7 and Boy A.

Antony Eden has recently been seen in the West End in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Woman in Black and starred in previous Ayckbourn comedies Family Album, A Brief History of Women and Ten Times Table.

Alan Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Award- winning playwright whose work has been translated into 35 languages. Knighted in 1997, he is the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Lifetime Achievement Awards. He has written 84 plays over a career spanning six decades. Relatively Speaking made Ayckbourn a household name, with critics hailing the arrival of a great new comic talent and Noël Coward himself calling it “a beautifully constructed and very funny comedy”.

Relatively Speaking at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne from Tuesday 14 to Saturday 18 February, nightly performances 7.45pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets priced from £ 23.50, to book call the box office on 01323 412000 or online eastbournetheatres.co.uk