Absent Friends

Harold Pinter Theatre, Panton Street, London

Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious Absent Friends is the tale of a comforting tea gone horribly wrong. When Colin loses his fiancée, his married friends rally round to lend their support. But as the tea starts to pour, it becomes clear that trouble is brewing, as jealousy, infidelity, tension and barely concealed loathing bubble beneath the surface. Maybe Colin is not the one who needs help.

The cast of Absent Friends is led by performers best known for their work in TV comedies, The IT Crowd’s Katherine Parkinson, The League Of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith, Gavin And Stacey’s Steffan Rhodri and regular sketch performer David Armand.

They are joined in Absent Friends by former Eastenders star and winner of Strictly Come Dancing Kara Tointon, who made her West End debut in the 2011 production of Pygmalion, and Elizabeth Berrington, who returns to the London stage for the first time since taking the lead role in the Hampstead theatre’s 2002 revival of Abigail’s Party.

Cast & CreativesEXPAND

cast: David Armand, Elizabeth Berrington, Katherine Parkinson, Steffan Rhodri, Reece Shearsmith, Kara Tointon

author: Alan Ayckbourn

director: Jeremy Herrin

producer: Sonia Friedman Productions and Bob Bartne

designer: Tom Scutt

lighting designer: Peter Mumford

sound: Ian Dickinson for Autograph

About the show
  • Age Suitability: All
  • Genre: Play
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Venue InformationHIDE

Harold Pinter Theatre
Panton Street, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4DN

  • Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus (225m)
  • Nearest bus: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453
  • Nearest train:
  • Parking:

    50% off parking at Q-Park Trafalgar, just 6 minutes from the theatre.

  • Air Conditioned: Yes

Venue Access InformationEXPAND

  • How to book: Tel: 0871 297 5477 Fax: 020 8544 7488
  • Discounts: Discounts vary according to production. Concessions may be available (Please enquire at time of booking).
  • Limited mobility: Row A and seats N1, N21, L1, L21, D1, D22 in the stalls and Boxes C & D have the most leg room.
  • Access description: Level access from street to Dress circle via ramp at the entrance and level platform to seats.2 steps up to double doors opening into the foyer. All stairs are highlighted and have handrails on both sides. No steps from the foyer to the back of the Dress Circle (2 steps between rows). 24 steps down from the foyer to the Stalls, 23 steps up from the foyer to the Royal Circle (with 2 steep steps between rows) and 50 steps up to the Balcony.
  • Hearing impaired: Infra-red system with 6 headsets. Headsets available from the Duty Manager. You will be asked to leave a credit card or a £10 deposit. Portable loop available in Box Office.
  • Guide dogs policy: Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome at the Comedy Theatre. They can stay with you during the performances, however, you must inform the Box Office when booking your tickets and a seat on the aisle can be reserved for you. Alternatively, a member of staff will care for your dog during the performance.
  • Wheelchairs: 4 wheelchair spaces in Dress Circle. 2 transfer seats in E5 and E17
  • Toilets: There is no adapted toilet. It may be possible to use the toilet on the left-hand side of the auditorium, down 6 steps via a ramp and through 2 doorways, approx. 64cm wide. Women’s and men’s at Stalls, Royal Circle and Balcony. Please note, the men's toilet on the Royal Circle level is only accessible via 13 steps up from the Royal Circle Bar.
  • Disabled toilets: No adapted toilet.
  • Bars: 3 licensed bars. No steps from the back of the Dress Circle to the foyer bar (no seating). Drinks brought to disabled customers in the auditorium. More bars at the rear of the Stalls, at Royal Circle and at Balcony.