directed by Caroline Elliott
Parents Behaving Badly?
What happens when two sets of parents meet up to deal with the unruly behaviour of their offspring? A calm and rational debate between grown-ups? Or something a bit less… civilised?
What begins as a reasonable chat soon spirals into an hilarious afternoon of verbal warfare as each couple sinks to the level of bickering children. It’s a comedy of manners – without the manners!
Christopher Hampton’s translation of Yasmin Reza’s sharp-edged comedy premiered at Wyndham’s Theatre, London in March 2008. Reza is an award-winning playwright and novelist based in Paris whose works have enjoyed international success. Her previous play, Art, ran for 8 years in London and won the Laurence Olivier award for Best Comedy – a triumph outdone by The God of Carnage, which won both the Olivier and the Tony on Broadway for Best Play.
Alan – Andy Forsyth
Annette – Caroline Fenton
Michael – Kris Robertson
Veronica – Bridget Collins
“A triumph… brilliantly translated by Christopher Hampton” – Daily Express
“An excruciating analysis of modern parenting” – The Telegraph
“I found myself delighted by Yasmina Reza’s incisive observation, her acerbic wit and her shrewd humour” – The Times
Performance Dates: Tuesday 26 to Saturday 30 April 2016
Photos by Lee Watts Photography