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Absent Friends

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

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
Lighting Designer
Peter Mumford
Sound
Ian Dickinson for Autograph

Harold Pinter Theatre

Address
Panton Street, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4DN
Telephone
0870 060 6637
Official site
www.ambassadortickets.com
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
Parking

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

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

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.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens
Age suitability
All
Genre
Play
Previews from
26.01.2012
Opening night
09.02.2012
Closing
14.04.2012
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