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Ayckbourne’s classic play explores friendship, marriage and happiness




Catherine Harvey as Diana in Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends ANL-150705-123810001
Catherine Harvey as Diana in Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends ANL-150705-123810001

Olivier Award-winning British playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s critically acclaimed drama Absent Friends will be coming to Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre.

It is brought to audiences by London Classic Theatre, following the success of Entertaining Mr Sloane and Betrayal in previous years.

In the summer of 1974, wealthy, unfulfilled housewife Diana arranges a gathering of old friends to cheer up bereaved Colin, whose fiancée drowned two months earlier. Preparations for the party spark tensions and open old wounds, and as lingering resentments and deep-rooted jealousies surface, an unexpectedly cheerful Colin strolls into the mayhem.

In one of Ayckbourn’s finest plays, Absent Friends explores friendship, marriage and what it means to be happy.

Both acerbic and painfully funny, Ayckbourn’s craftsmanship and acute social observation have never been sharper or more biting, as he showcases the chaos created by the happily well-intentioned.

Tickets for Absent Friends are £16.50 and £15.00 and £15.00 and £14.50 for concessions.

To book, visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres or call the Box Office on 01245 606505.



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