The Girl Next Door

The RoundApproximately 2hrs plus intervalTheatre
The Times

Alan Ayckbourn's 85th full-length play, back for a limited time only!


Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Designed by Kevin Jenkins
Lighting Design by Jason Taylor
Associate Sound Designer - Paul Stear
Carne Trust Associate Director - Chelsey Gillard
Casting Director - Sarah Hughes CDG

Key Cast:

Bill Champion
Linford Johnson
Alexandra Mathie
Naomi Petersen

Price: From £10

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1 September - 4 September 2021

Season Ticket Offer
Buy tickets for three or more marked shows together and get up to 25% off! You will also receive this discount on any future marked 2021 shows.

T&Cs apply.

Back due to popular demand - six performances only!

Summer 2020. Stuck at home with only his sensible older sister for company, veteran actor Rob Hathaway has little to do but relive his glory days when, as the star of the nation’s favourite TV period drama National Fire Service, he ruled the roost as George ‘Tiger’ Jennings: wartime hero, and living legend among firefighters.

Then one day Rob spots a stranger hanging out the washing in the adjoining garden. But the neighbours haven’t been around for months. So who is the mysterious girl next door? And why is she wearing 1940s clothing?

A touching, tender and, of course, funny reflection on the ability of love to rise above adversity and reach across the years, The Girl Next Door is the 85th full-length play from our Director Emeritus, Alan Ayckbourn.

Age guidance: 14+


“The prolific playwright is on fine form with an uncanny story that smartly contrasts national crises past and present”

The Guardian



“Inventive, empathetic, timely and fun”

The Times



“a brilliantly constructed play”

Daily Mail



“inventive, witty, poignant, moving and surprising in the Ayckbourn tradition, with plenty of mischievous humour”

York Press



“the ever-sharp Ayckbourn is on the ball”




“witty, entertaining and humane

The Reviews Hub


“an intriguing, time-bending premise”

The Stage


“a cross between Time Slip and Goodnight Sweetheart”

The Scarborough News


“Part love story, part state-of-the-nation, part sci-fi, part comedy and part tragedy. It is genius...”

Yorkshire Evening Post

For your peace of mind, we have a no-fuss refund policy if you need to self-isolate.

We are a Covid-secure venue and have been awarded two industry standard marks recognising the comprehensive safety measures we have in place which include temperature checks, 1 metre+ socially distanced seating, hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems, enhanced cleaning, staggered arrival times.

We'll be asking you to continue to wear a mask (unless you’re exempt) when moving around the building or when watching a show or film, at least for the time being.

You can find full details of our Covid safety measures here.


Wednesday 1 September 2021, 7.30pm

Thursday 2 September 2021, 1.30pm

Thursday 2 September 2021, 7.30pm

Friday 3 September 2021, 7.30pm

Saturday 4 September 2021, 2.30pm

Saturday 4 September 2021, 7.30pm

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Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough
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