THIS month the Oldham Coliseum Theatre is presenting a brand new production of a comedy classic – Relatively Speaking.
First produced in 1965, Relatively Speaking was Olivier and Tony Awardwinning playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s first West End hit, and the first of his plays to be adapted for television.
This comedy of misunderstanding involves two couples, one young and cohabiting and one older, married and fraught.
When inexperienced Greg finds a pair of strange slippers under the bed, he decides to follow girlfriend Ginny, thinking that she is visiting her parents. What follows is a hilarious combination of twists, turns and confusion, plus a smattering of infidelity.
The Coliseum’s production will be directed by Robin Herford, who performed in the 1977 revival of the same play, directed by Ayckbourn himself, at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough.
Best known as the director of the phenomenally successful stage adaptation of The Woman in Black, Robin spent much of his early career working with Alan Ayckbourn and has appeared in the original production of more Ayckbourn plays than any other actor.
The cast features Crispin Letts, who has appeared in hit feature films Murder on the Orient Express and Skyfall; Jo Mousley, who performed in the Coliseum’s Manchester Theatre Award winning regional premier of The Father; Lianne Harvey, who won multiple awards in 2017 for her role in feature film, Bikini Blue; and Matt Connor, who was last in Oldham for the Coliseum’s autumn 2017 productions of Oh What A Lovely War and Up ‘N’ Under. Relatively Speaking runs from April 20 to May 5.