The Old Vic brings Alan Ayckbourns comic masterpiece, The Norman Conquests, to the London stage for the first time in 34 years with an outstanding ensemble cast: Amelia Bullmore, Jessica Hynes, Stephen Mangan, Ben Miles, Paul Ritter and Amanda Root directed by Matthew Warchus in The Old Vics new reconfigured theatre-in-the-round CQS Space.
The three interconnecting plays, Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden, follow Norman, his in-laws and the local vet over a summer weekend in an English country house.
Norman (Stephen Mangan) is intent on making all the women in his life happy and takes every opportunity to seduce his sister-in-law Annie (Jessica Hynes), charm his brother-in-laws wife Sarah (Amanda Root) and woo his wife Ruth (Amelia Bullmore) embroiling everyone in the ction along the way with both tragic and comic consequences.
On these award-winning plays, Ayckbourn focuses his inimitable, sharp, acerbic wit to reveal the secrets, lies and deception, which bubble beneath the surface of family relationships.
Alan Ayckbourn is one of Britains most popular and prolific playwrights, with over 70 full-length plays to his name, which have been translated into more than 35 languages. These multi-award-winning plays include Absurd Person Singular, recently revived in the West End plus Just Between Ourselves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind and House & Garden to name but a few.
Old Vic Associate Director Matthew Warchus and designer Rob Howell return to The Old Vic after the sell-out success of Speed-the-Plow. Matthews other recent productions include God of Carnage, The Lord of The Rings and Boeing Boeing in West End and on Broadway. He was director of the long running comedy Art.
Just choose a perspective, the dining room (Table Manners), the living room (Living Together) or the garden (Round and Round the Garden) Or of course you can piece the puzzle together and get the whole picture by seeing all three in any order you like
Witness some decidedly undignified Table Manners as everyone gets hot under the collar over salad, cereal and toast
Follow the weekend as Norman and his in-laws all try Living Together, fuelled by home-made wine and board games.
Round and Round the Garden
Watch as the action spills out Round and Round the Garden, where moonlight seductions five way to midsummer misunderstandings.
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