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Closed August 31, 2013

Lindsay Posner's revival is staged with such professionalism, fidelity and flair that it is all but impossible not to be won over by its timeless virtues.

Tim Walker, The Telegraph

Why See Relatively Speaking?


With a delightful tangle of deceit and misunderstanding, a quartet of crafted characters and an agile plot, Relatively Speaking is the theatrical masterpiece that established Alan Ayckbourn's name as synonymous with theatre. After first opening at the Duke of York's Theatre in 1967, Relatively Speaking was Ayckbourn's first West End success and he was hailed as the new comic talent to arrive.

The classic comedy is back at the West End, in the capable hands of award-winning Director Lindsay Posner and an impressive cast of Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy, Kara Tointon and Max Bennett.


After just one month, Greg is convinced that Ginny is the one for him. When she announces that she is going to visit her parents, it's seems the perfect opportunity to ask Ginny's father for her hand in marriage. All the more so when he finds a hand-written address beside her bed. With good intention and little clue as to what awaits him, he discreetly follows her to Buckinghamshire.

When Greg arrives at the beautiful countryside home, Phillip and Sheila enjoying their Sunday breakfast. What he does not realize, however, is that the older couple are not Ginny's parents. The scene quickly spirals into a chaos of misunderstanding, deception and comic confusion.


Ayckbourne's first West End play, Mr Whatnot, which opened in 1964, was an utter failure and nearly resulted in him abandoning writing for good. However, now some fifty years later, Sir Alan Ayckbourne has established himself as one of the most prolific writers in British theatre history, having written 78 full length plays, 11 revues, 4 one act plays, a number of plays for children, a screenplay and a book. More than half of his full length plays have been produced in the West End.

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Previews from: 14 May 2013

Opening night: 16 May 2013


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

2 hours including interval

Cast and Creative


Felicity Kendal
Kara Tointon
Max Bennett
Jonathan Coy


Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Lindsay Posner
Designed by Peter McKintosh

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Anonymous: “Excellent!”

This really was the funniest play I have ever seen! Highly recommended! more

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