OLD­HAM COLI­SEUM

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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.

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