Absurd Person Singular


by Alan Ayckbourn
Tue 7 - Sat 11 September 2021
Tickets £20-£35 *

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Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades his wife Jane to throw a Christmas party, hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As the celebrations get under way, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane's kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and the Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities. But Sidney's star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples' marriages begin to show.

Alan Ayckbourn's comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy. 

Running Time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including an interval

Age Guidance

14+ (Contains adult themes)


Tuesday - Saturday, 7.30pm
and Thursday & Saturday, 2.30pm: £20/£25/£30/£35 *

* All ticket prices include a £3 per ticket booking fee

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Felicity Houlbrooke
Felicity Houlbrooke (Jane Hopcroft)
Graham O'Mara
Graham O'Mara (Ronald Brewster-Wright)
Helen Keely
Helen Keeley (Eva Jackson)
John Dorney
John Dorney (Geoffrey Jackson)
Paul Sandys
Paul Sandys (Sidney Hopcroft)
Rosanna Miles
Rosanna Miles (Marion Brewster-Wright)


  • A man in a suit
  • A man in a pinstripe suit laughs
  • A woman holds her hands up in disgust
  • A woman is crying
  • Three people laughing in a kitchen, one of them has an apron on
  • A woman lies on a kitchen table, and a man sits next to her wrapped in a blanket
  • A kitchen


Absurd Person Singular

  • 'A master of comic ingenuity'