The Norman Conquests

A trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn

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.

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 company for the trilogy of plays is Jonathan Broadbent, Trystan Gravelle, Sarah Hadland, John Hollingworth, Hattie Ladbury and Jemima Rooper.

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.

Blanche McIntyre directs at Chichester for the first time; her recent work includes Titus Andronicus and Two Noble Kinsmen (RSC), Welcome Home Captain Fox! (Donmar Warehouse) and Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (ETT).

The Norman Conquests in-the-round

Alan Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests will be the Festival Theatre’s first ever “in-the-round” production. Seats will wrap around all sides of the stage creating a bank of Terrace Seating on what is normally the rear part of the stage, so that the play’s action can be seen from all sides. 

The Norman Conquests is a trilogy of interconnecting plays which look at the events of one family weekend from hilariously different viewpoints. Now you can match this experience by seeing the plays from a new perspective, and be even closer to all the action in our Terrace Seats.

In The Round.
Ft Seating Plan Inc Terrace.

Trilogy Days

With their overlapping stories and ensemble of actors, why not make a day of it and enjoy all three of The Norman Conquests on one of our Trilogy Days?

Available 30 September, 3, 7, 14, 17, 25 and 28 October.


Turn your trilogy day into a fabulous theatre and dining experience by enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner in our relaxing Minerva Bar & Grill. You can book one or two meals or all three for £41. View the menu.

The Norman Conquests Saver

Book the same number of tickets for Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden, and save up to £24. Available on the top three prices for £60, £87 and £99.

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. Tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction. Excludes previews and press nights.