Haymarket sees How The Other Half Loves

Reporter: Charlotte Marshall, first published Tue 09 Feb 2016 16:49
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Alan Ayckbourn’s marital comedy How The Other Half Loves will play a short London season this spring when Alan Strachan revives the classic at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 23 March.

The former Artistic Director of Greenwich Theatre will direct an as yet unannounced cast in the much-loved comedy that is being revived by West End producer Bill Kenwright.

As with all of Ayckbourn’s acclaimed plays, How The Other Half Loves features the perfect recipe for comedy. Take one secret love affair, throw in three couples headed for trouble, add two disaster-bound dinner parties and you’ve got yourself a classic farce.

The formula proved so successful when it premiered in 1970, in fact, it ran for an impressive 869 performances in the West End and become the first of Ayckbourn’s works to ever be seen on Broadway. This major revival will once again bring the story of the adulterous Bob and Fiona to the London stage, promising an evening that is both heart-wrenching and hilarious.

How The Other Half Loves will play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket following another comedy revival as Theatre Royal Bath’s hugely successful familiar drama Bad Jews returns to London following its acclaimed 2015 runs at the Arts and St James Theatres.

Ayckbourn’s classic will run until 25 June when Pixie Lott will take up her residency as the iconic Holly Golightly in Nikolai Foster’s take on Truman Capote’s legendary novella Breakfast At Tiffany’s.