18th September 2017 19:30 - 28th October 2017 19:30
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn, runs from 18 September – 28 October at Chichester Festival Theatre. This classic trio of interconnecting plays, seen from hilariously differing perspectives, is performed by one ensemble of actors. Each play can be enjoyed as a single performance or seen as one event in any sequence, either over different days or on trilogy days. The production will be staged 'in the round' for the first time in the Festival Theatre's history.
An English country house. A summer weekend. A family gathering.
Norman would like to seduce Annie, though he’s married to her sister, Ruth. He’s also got his eye on Sarah, though she’s married to Reg – who is Annie and Ruth’s brother. Tom, from next door, isn’t married to anyone: though he too nurses secret hopes beneath his stoical surface.
With pungent wit and sparkling ingenuity, Alan Ayckbourn fashions the thwarted desires and bittersweet absurdity of family life into a comic masterpiece.
Table Manners Saturday. 6pm. The dining room. Where no-one is looking forward to Annie’s limp salad, or her mother’s lethal home-made dandelion, parsnip or carrot wine.
Living Together Saturday. 6.30pm. The sitting room. With a wind-up gramophone, a pouffe, magazines, and a very, very inviting fur rug.
Round and Round the Garden Saturday. 5.30pm. The garden. It’s not the only thing that’s looking wild and very, very tangled.
Alan Ayckbourn is Britain’s most prolific and popular contemporary playwright with over eighty plays to his name. Recent productions at Chichester include Way Upstream, Absurd Person Singular and Surprises.
The cast is Jonathan Broadbent, Trystan Gravelle, Sarah Hadland, John Hollingworth, Hattie Ladbury and Jemima Rooper.
Blanche McIntyre directs at Chichester for the first time; an Associate Director at Nuffield Theatre, her recent work includes Titus Andronicus and Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC), Anouilh’s Welcome Home Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse) and Stoppard’s Arcadia (ETT).