Absent Friends
Comedy

Harold Pinter Theatre

Absent Friends

26 Jan 2012 - 14 Apr 2012

£15.00 - £65.00

Pro reviewers rating
9 reviews

3.9 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
5 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0

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Welcome to a tea party you’ll never forget, as Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment serves up a slice of deliciously black humour in the West End this January.

When Colin loses his fiancée, his married friends invite him round for comfort over tea and sandwiches. As the tea starts to pour, it’s clear that trouble is brewing with a wickedly funny blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely concealed loathing. Tension starts to boil and maybe Colin isn’t the one who needs help... with friends like these, who needs enemies?

Absent Friends premiered in 1974 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre and received its London premier a year later at the Garrick Theatre. Sonia Friedman Productions has previously produced Ayckbourn’s The Norman Conquests which, following its sell-out run at the Old Vic, transferred triumphantly to Broadway in 2009.

Reviews (5)    

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A bit like a meal at Pizza Express. Nothing wrong with it but at the end of the day nothing amazing about it. I found it funny in places and not funny in other places. Maybe Ayckbourn is not for me. Given the cast I really thought that there would be more in the way of belly laughs.

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Dipen Jobanputra 22 Apr 2012
A cracking cast, Kara Tointon was surprisingly good, and for once at the Harold Pinter, i really liked the play - a wonderful mix of grief and humour

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groovychick13 15 Feb 2012
Excellent acting but in the end still an Ayckbourn play, with its emphasis on awkwardness, foibles, pettiness, and misunderstandings. To really enjoy the play you have to enjoy watching people being a bit dim. However - huge pleasure to see Reece Shearsmith (Betty Blue Eyes) on stage again; he owns the stage every moment he's on it. Uniformly strong cast; Katherine Parkinson also stands out.

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Cabe Franklin 02 Feb 2012

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