As ingenious in its construction as any of his previous plays, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is Ayckbourn's 83rd play!
Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Designer: Kevin Jenkins
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Associate Sound Designer: Paul Stear
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes
Price: From £10
It’s Micky’s 80th birthday and he and his wife Meg are awaiting the arrival of their son, Adrian, and his new (and latest!) fiancée, Grace.
Adrian has, according to his parents, a certain reputation regarding women and they feel meek, mild-mannered Grace should surely be warned of this. But are things really as they appear? Be prepared, as birthday follows birthday, to be amazed as the truth is finally revealed about Adrian, the suburban closet Lothario!
As ingenious in its construction as any of his previous plays, Birthdays Past, Birthdays Present is the 83rd play from the pen of one of Britain’s greatest playwrights. This year is not only his 80th birthday, but also the 60th anniversary of his playwriting debut – The Square Cat, his first professionally produced play, opened at Scarborough’s Library Theatre on 30 July 1959.
Post-show Q&A - Tuesday 1 October
BSL interpreted performance - Saturday, 28 September, 2.30pm
Captioned performance - Thursday, 3 October, 7.30pm
Alan Ayckbourn says: “It’s no coincidence that this is a special year for me, being my 80th. I like to pin things on anniversaries, and I thought ‘why not birthdays?'. But it’s a bit conventional to have one person maybe having his 20th birthday and his 50th and then 80th birthdays, so I thought it would be fun to do it backwards.
“Usually in plays, we see the cause first and the effects follow on, but in this case, we see the effect first and our first question is, just how did we get there? It’s really a story about a man who’s trying to deal with and understand women; it's a sort of companion piece to my 2017 play, A Brief History Of Women.”
"It’s generally heartening to find Ayckbourn whipping up laughter in the face of artistic adversity, male vanity and looming mortality"
"As inspired and acute as ever"
The Times (on Better Off Dead)
Age guidance: 12+
Some adult themes may be discussed and/or contains some mild swearing
Wednesday 4 September 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday 5 September 2019, 1.30pm
Thursday 5 September 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 6 September 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 7 September 2019, 2.30pm
Saturday 7 September 2019, 7.30pm
Monday 9 September 2019, 7.30pm
Tuesday 10 September 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday 12 September 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 13 September 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 14 September 2019, 2.30pm
Monday 16 September 2019, 7.30pm
Tuesday 17 September 2019, 7.30pm
Wednesday 18 September 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday 19 September 2019, 1.30pm
Saturday 21 September 2019, 7.30pm
Monday 23 September 2019, 7.30pm
Tuesday 24 September 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday 26 September 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 27 September 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 28 September 2019, 2.30pm
Monday 30 September 2019, 7.30pm
Tuesday 1 October 2019, 7.30pm
Wednesday 2 October 2019, 7.30pm
Thursday 3 October 2019, 1.30pm
Thursday 3 October 2019, 7.30pm
Friday 4 October 2019, 7.30pm
Saturday 5 October 2019, 2.30pm
Saturday 5 October 2019, 7.30pm
A hilarious piece that asks tough questions about the perceptions that we have on those who don’t follow societal norms.READ MORE