After October

Finborough Theatre

After October

22 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016

£16.00 - £18.00

Pro reviewers rating
6 reviews

3.7 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

Listen: things will be different after the play comes on – completely different… Only a few more weeks, Francie, and you’ll see. Your whole life will change. I promise you it will.

In a shabby basement flat, aspiring playwright Clive Monkhams dreams of a West End hit and winning Francie’s heart. His bankrupt mother Rhoda, a faded actress, frets about the bills and the fortunes of her penniless daughters while reminiscing about her glory days.

Clive’s family and an entourage of bohemian dependants all need him to make it big. With opening night approaching and finances fast running out, everything rides on the success of the play and, for Clive, the future looks all too glittering…

Ackland’s most autobiographical play is both a bittersweet homage to the theatre and a fascinating portrait of an impoverished family on the brink of a glamorous new life. This rediscovery marks the first Central London production since its premiere in 1936.


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“Strong cast ensure Ackland’s play hasn’t lost its heft... Warm and affectionate, this does great justice to an under-sung figure”

Matt Breen (Time Out)

“Hugely appealing revival... Ebullient production... An ensemble of strong performances, confidently led by Buchanan.”

Fiona Mountford (Evening Standard)

“Chekhov-like... Ackland’s quite marvellous creation of Rhoda, the mother, given vivid life by Sasha Waddell... Gold dust.”

Libby Purves (TheatreCat, Times)

“Moves along very amusingly... The performances are all deliciously sound and well-rounded... The attention to detail is splendid”

West End Whingers

“Toeman’s production skilfully disguises the play’s predictability by endowing each of its characters with a bubbling inner life.”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“Spirited revival of bohemian comedy-drama that has been softened by the intervening years.”

Julia Rank (The Stage)

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