Won’t someone play with me, please?
Saturday. 6.30pm. The sitting room. With a wind-up gramophone, a pouffe, magazines, and a very, very inviting fur rug.
The Norman Conquests,
a 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.
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.
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).