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“THE BEST FUN TO BE HAD IN THE WEST END TODAY” The Sunday Telegraph
“MOVINGLY PAINFUL AND HONEST” The Sunday Times
“SUPERBLY FUNNY” The Times
“AYCKBOURN’S BLEAKEST, MOST HILARIOUS PLAY. PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP LAUGHING” The Daily Telegraph
Jeremy Herrin directs David Armand, Elizabeth Berrington, Katherine Parkinson, Steffan Rhodri, Reece Shearsmith and Kara Tointon in the classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn.
When their dear old friend Colin loses his fiancée, his married friends invite him round to cheer him up 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. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
Alan Ayckbourn’s exquisite comedy ABSENT FRIENDS is being heralded by the critics as “the best fun you can have in the West End today” (The Sunday Telegraph). With an outstanding cast of award-winning comedy talents including David Armand (The Armstrong and Miller Show, ‘Torn’ YouTube sensation), Elizabeth Berrington (In Bruges, Waterloo Road, Lapland, The Office), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Season’s Greetings, Bleak Old Shop of Stuff), Steffan Rhodri (Gavin and Stacey), Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen, Betty Blue Eyes, Psychoville) and Kara Tointon (Pygmalion, EastEnders, Strictly Come Dancing Winner 2010), critically-acclaimed director Jeremy Herrin’s production has audiences laughing out loud as this well-intentioned tea party turns into utter chaos.
Running time2 hours 15 minutes including one interval
Performance dates26 January to 14 April 2012. Monday to Saturday at 7:30pm. Wednesday and Saturday at 2:30pm
Absent Friends will be having a captioned performance on Monday 19th March.
Venue InformationHarold Pinter TheatrePanton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Group PricingSpecial pricing for groups of 6 or moreCheck our group prices and save!
News / Casting
FINAL 4 WEEKS TO SEE THE ALL STAR CAST IN ALAN AYCKBOURN’S ABSENT FRIENDS
After opening to huge critical acclaim Absent Friends , Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment, will complete its highly successful run at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 14 April 2012, as previously announced.
20 Mar, 2012 | By London Theatre Direct
KARA TOINTON STARS IN ABSENT FRIENDS
After her triumphant debut as Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion earlier this year at the Garrick, Kara Tointon will be back in the West End from 26th January in Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre.
13 Dec, 2011 | By London Theatre Direct
JEREMY HERRIN TO DIRECT ABSENT FRIENDS AT HAROLD PINTER THEATRE
Jeremy Herrin will direct David Armand, Elizabeth Berrington, Katherine Parkinson, Steffan Rhodri, Reece Shearsmith and Kara Tointon in Alan Ayckbourn’s classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment Absent Friends, previewing at the Harold Pinter Theatre (formerly the Comedy Theatre) from 26 January 2012. With press night on 9 February Absent Friends, produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions and Bob Bartner, is currently booking until 14 April.
9 Dec, 2011 | By London Theatre Direct