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By David Storey

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Overview

So rare, these days, to meet someone to whom one can actually talk.

If a person can't be what they are, what's the purpose of being anything at all?

Harry and Jack. Marjorie and Kathleen. Alfred.

In a neglected garden, small talk oscillates between the weather, the neighbours, reminiscences of friends and family, and anecdotes of past exploits in love and war.

But this quintet of characters, with their foibles and failings, are not what they seem to be, and nor is their home. And overhead, the clouds are gathering.

David Storey’s award-winning 1970 play has become a modern classic – a heartrendingly funny, haunting and deeply humane study of hearts, minds and England: islands adrift.

Leon Annor plays Alfred; his recent stage work includes As You Like It for the National Theatre, while film and television credits include Stay Close, Mister Winner and Britannia.

Hayley Carmichael (Kathleen) is co-founder of Told By An Idiot and has appeared in many of their productions, as well as working with the National Theatre, Complicité and Kneehigh. TV includes Call The Midwife, Witness for the Prosecution and Les Misérables.

Daniel Cerqueira (Harry)’s extensive theatre work includes Richard III and Game (Almeida), Birdland (Royal Court), Fortune’s Fool (Old Vic) and Table (National Theatre); his screen work includes The A Word, Pennyworth, Doctor Foster, War of the Worlds and Judy.

Doña Croll (Marjorie)’s theatre work includes Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park), Kate Keller in All My Sons (Talawa) and Elmina’s Kitchen (National Theatre); her many TV appearances include Death in Paradise, The Long Song, Family Affairs, Doctors and Casualty.

John Mackay (Jack)’s theatre work includes Six Characters in Search of an Author at Chichester, Richard II and Machinal (Almeida) and the title role in Richard III (Tobacco Factory): TV includes Bridgerton and Black Earth Rising.

Director Josh Roche won the JMK Award for his production of My Name Is Rachel Corrie at the Young Vic with Erin Doherty in the title role. He has directed productions for Audible UK, BBC Arts, and has worked extensively at the RSC and Shakespeare’s Globe. He is the co-founder of OpenHire.

https://www.cft.org.uk/your-visit/booking-information/prologue.

Prologue tickets available

Cast & Creatives

Cast

  • Leon Annor

    Alfred
  • Hayley Carmichael

    Kathleen
  • Daniel Cerqueira

    Harry
  • Doña Croll

    Majorie
  • John Mackay

    Jack

Creative team

Cast List
NameRole

Josh Roche

Director

Sophie Thomas

Designer

Alex Musgrave

Lighting Designer

Sam Glossop

Sound Designer

Charlotte Sutton

Casting Director

Access performances

Access performances

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Pricing

Pricing Information

Price bands for an event, organised by showing
Performance description Price Bands
Previews/Press Nights£20£30
All other performances£28£39
  • Friends: Book up to four discounted tickets at £2 off per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Monday and Tuesday: £25 per ticket
  • Groups 8+ Wednesday - Friday: £5 off each ticket
  • Groups 40+ Wednesday - Friday: £8 off each ticket, plus a £5 ticket for the Group Organiser
  • School and College Groups 10+ Monday - Friday: £8.50 per ticket; one free teacher ticket with every nine paid
  • Over 60s Monday - Thursday: £2 off
  • Full-time students in Higher Education, Jobseekers Allowance and Income Support claimants Monday - Thursday: Standby from one hour before the performance: £8.50
  • Family tickets (excludes Saturday evenings): Half Price for up to four U16s with every full price paying adult. Discounts applied at the checkout. All tickets must be booked and paid for in a single transaction.
  • Prologue Book 3 Get 1 Free: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • £5 Prologue Tickets may be available for 16-30 year olds: Log in to your account to see Prologue seats
  • Access tickets may be available for Access Members: Log in to your account to see Access seats
  • Book early for the best prices: Prices are guaranteed until Monday 7 June and are then subject to change
  • All venues: Only one reduction applies per ticket, and all discounts are subject to availability and at the discretion of the Box Office.
  • All venues: Discounts do not apply on Previews and Press Nights

Content and themes

At CFT, we want everyone to feel truly welcome and comfortable. While we try not to spoil anyone’s enjoyment by giving away ‘spoilers’ such as plot twists and narrative surprises, we also recognise that some people may find certain themes distressing. You’ll find guidance on such content below; please be aware that by reading this, some elements of the plot may be revealed. Please note that these may be updated nearer the time of the production as staging details are confirmed.

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Language: Infrequent mild language
Nudity: None anticipated
Violence: None
Themes: Mental illness: references to paedophilia, attempted suicide, addictive behaviours.

Covid guidelines

Welcoming you to the Theatre safely

Performances from September 2021

The following measures will be in place for your visit in the coming months. We always ensure that our procedures are in line with current government guidelines, so please do check the website, and this page before your visit for the latest information.

  • E-tickets will be issued as standard. These do not have to be printed but can be shown on your smartphone or similar device for us to scan on entry. In order to reduce queueing and minimise contact, tickets will not be available for collection from the Box Office
  • We will carry out enhanced cleaning of all public areas, both prior to and during performances.
  • Hand sanitising stations positioned throughout the building.
  • During the interval we ask that people are mindful of other patrons, and take note of any directional signage that may be in place to regulate the flow of patrons through the building.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended, in line with government advice, for the duration of your visit (except for eating and drinking) unless exempt for health reasons. Our Front of House staff will continue to wear face coverings.
  • Bars, Cafes and restaurants will be open, but transactions will be cashless and paperless, with perspex screens fitted at all sale points. Please check the website before your visit for the most up to date information.

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Please be reassured that should you book for a performance which has to be cancelled, you will be offered the option of a refund, credit or a transfer to another performance.

For maximized flexibility, if you cannot attend, you can exchange your ticket for FREE up to at least 24 hours prior to the event (subject to availability).

For productions in the Festival and Minerva Theatres we offer a refund protection service, available when you book your tickets, from Booking Protect so you can apply for a refund should you, or anyone in your party, be unable to attend the show due to adverse weather, injury, illness, burglary or fire at your residence, breakdown or relocation for work. Click here to read Booking Protect Terms and Conditions.

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We hope you have an enjoyable visit but if you do have any concerns, members of staff will be on hand to help you.

Please do not attend the theatre if you:

  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19;
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days, or have been instructed to self-isolate.

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