Ay­ck­bourn’s Christ­mas clas­sic at the Com­pass

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

ALAN

Ruis­lip Dra­matic So­ci­ety will be pro­vid­ing the hi­lar­i­ous slice of fes­tive cheer from Novem­ber 15 to 18.

The play peeps be­hind the kitchen door at three Christ­mas par­ties and the chang­ing for­tunes of its party hosts.

There are the ‘lower class’ but very much up and com­ing Hopcrofts in their bright new, gad­get filled kitchen, keen to im­press with a lit­tle party for their bank man­ager and his wife and an ar­chi­tect neigh­bour.

Then there is the ar­chi­tect and his wife in their ne­glected, un­tidy flat with a some­what wild and ag­gres­sive dog.

Lastly, there is the bank man­ager and his wife in their freez­ing cold, large and slightly mod­ernised Vic­to­rian-style kitchen.

Chaos reigns as so­cial climb­ing turns into do­mes­tic dis­as­ter in this ag­o­nis­ingly funny Christ­mas com­edy.

Ab­surd Per­son Singular won the Evening Stan­dard award for Best Com­edy when it was first per­formed and is now seen as an Ay­ck­bourn clas­sic.

A West End hit, it ran for nearly 1,000 per­for­mances in its first year be­fore open­ing on Broad­way and has since had count­less re­vivals plus a TV adap­ta­tion by the BBC.

Tick­ets are £12 or £11 con­ces­sions (avail­able on Wed/Thu only).

Book on­line at www. ruis­lip­dra­matic.org and www.hilling­donthe­atres. uk.

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