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How The Other Half Loves Tickets4.4/5 - based on 54 reviews
- Starring: Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicholas Le Prevost, Jenny Seagrove
About How The Other Half Loves
Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicholas Le Prevost, Jenny Seagrove
How The Other Half Loves description
Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves was first performed way back in 1969, at the Library Theatre in Scarborough, his second play. And it features the tropes you expect from one of our best-loved playwrights: couples at war, horribly funny misunderstandings, infidelity and lies... and of course that infamous, typically-Ayckbourn interconnecting stage set.
How The Other Half Loves – The story
Jason Merrells and Jenny Seagrove play Bob and Fiona, two married people having an affair. Bob is Frank's employee, and Frank has no idea his wife is seeing Bob. When their respective partners get suspicious, the illicit lovers use a third couple, the hapless and wholly innocent William and Mary Featherstone, to create an alibi.
William also works for Frank, as the company accountant, and when he and his mousy, shy wife Mary are asked to dinner two nights running, once with Frank and Fiona and once with Bob and his wife Teresa, things soon start to get messy as the lovers' subterfuge unravels.
The two dinner parties are played out simultaneously, with William and Mary the guests at two tables on different nights. Brilliant! Typical Ayckbourn, the play is also set across two different living rooms, on stage at the same time.
The Fosters are wealthier, reflected by their smart furnishings and larger home, while the Phillips' home is messier, thanks to a new baby. If you love vintage décor you'll appreciate the gorgeous 1960s geometric designs, thanks to designer Julie Godfrey. The complex dance between the two homes is a masterpiece in itself, with the scenes in the different living rooms inter-cut dramatically.
Ayckbourn is loved by millions of theatre fans for his humane and deeply intelligent writing, and this fast-paced farce is designed to delight. Jenny Seagrove plays Fiona's chilly superiority to perfection, Nicholas Le Prevost aces the role of the awkward, bumbling Frank and Tamzin Outhwaite makes for an excellent feminist. Jason Merrells plays the arrogant Bob with humour and flair, and both Matthew Cottle and Gillian Wright make a top job of the third couple, skilfully revealing their relationship's cruel undertones.
This is the play's first major West End revival, directed by Alan Strachan and a fine portrayal of one of the playwright's most popular pieces, an uncomfortably funny tale of social graces and personal misunderstandings. Don't miss it!
How The Other Half Loves tickets – A major West End revival
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How The Other Half Loves reviews
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (50%)
Latest customer reviews
Reviewed on 26 June 2016 by Greg, London, United Kingdom
Really well timed, which this play has to be. One or two moments when dialogue was missed as the actors should have waited for audience response to subside.
Reviewed on 24 June 2016 by Paul, Clitheroe, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 19 June 2016 by Andrei, Loughton, United Kingdom
Excellent play all acted. Terrific cast made a most enjoyable time.
Reviewed on 19 June 2016 by Michael, Christchurch, United Kingdom
Went to this with two friends who had only ever seen musicals at the theatre before and wanted to try a play. It was very funny and extremely well acted, i would imagine the timing was very tricky to get right but all the actors did so perfectly and the imaginative use of the props and set was excellent. The story was very amusing and, I would think, most people would be able to relate to it one way or another and i would highly recommend it to anyone.
Reviewed on 19 June 2016 by Angela, Rochester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 17 June 2016 by Jean, Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Classic Aykbourne - well presented and played superbly.
Reviewed on 17 June 2016 by Nicholas, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 June 2016 by Andrew, Worcester, United Kingdom
Pleasantly funny, good cast performed well.
Reviewed on 14 June 2016 by Michael, Blackburn, Australia
If you are an Alan Ackborn fan then this is a must for you. The timing in the play keeps the story line going & brilliant acting of all 6 actors
Reviewed on 09 June 2016 by Sue, Harpenden, United Kingdom
A knockout cast, wonderful script and direction, this is a great evening out.Technically hard to pull off, it works like a charm, the audience erupting in laughter every 45 seconds or so. Ayckbourn is a master in this genre, and I laughed as much as I did last night as I did at "Noises Off" years ago.
Reviewed on 04 June 2016 by Richard, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 03 June 2016 by Marilyn, Clacton On Sea, United Kingdom
Great show, very funny and entertaining, I especially wanted to see it, as I played the character "William Featherstone" in amateur production 6 years ago with my amateur dramatics company I belong to. Thank you London Box office for up grading my tickets from the gallery to the upper circle.
Reviewed on 03 June 2016 by Stephen, Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 June 2016 by Karen, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 June 2016 by Spyros, London, United Kingdom
Fantastic timing throughout. Nicolas Le Provost was hilarious.
Reviewed on 30 May 2016 by John, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 29 May 2016 by Simon, Much Hadham, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 May 2016 by Jonathan, Halifax, United Kingdom
Stage craft so clever timing perfect characterization so funny I would se it again
Reviewed on 25 May 2016 by Gerry, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Excellent script by Alan Ayckbourn matched with 6 professional actors. This play was so enjoyable that I persuaded 2 other friends to see it again based on the cheap price to coax them. They enjoyed it as well. Better still we were upgraded from the Gallery to the Royal Circle so had a much better view !!
Reviewed on 19 May 2016 by Christopher, Bromley, United Kingdom
Poor acting and jokes that were simply not funny. Very poor show indeed. Was upgraded as the closed the gallery due to poor attendance. We should have got the hint and left straight away. What a shame.
Reviewed on 14 May 2016 by David, Rowley Regis, United Kingdom
Elegant/creative how two plots/scenes simultaneously occupied the same stage.
Reviewed on 08 May 2016 by Anthony, Pretoria, South Africa
Clever, funny, entertaining play with high quality acting.
Reviewed on 07 May 2016 by John, Dover, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 02 May 2016 by Jean, Rainham, United Kingdom
A typical Alan Aykbourn production. Cleverly crafted which required split second timing from the actors to pull it off. Did not always hear what was being said due partly to the male actors' diction and audience noise but sufficiently to appreciate and enjoy what was going on. The ladies were very clearly audible.
Reviewed on 30 April 2016 by Margaret, Alton, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 April 2016 by David, Aldbourne, United Kingdom
Go around the corner and spend your money on a good show....Comedy about a Bank Robbery - well worth a visit. This play was dated, over acted and so boring that I woke myself up snoring.
Reviewed on 23 April 2016 by Sharron, Wareham, United Kingdom
Brilliant cast and acting. Clever plot and staging. Adult humour and keeps you entertained all the way through.
Reviewed on 22 April 2016 by Bhavini, Ashton Under Lyne, United Kingdom
Great show - really funny!! Had a great evening!!!
Reviewed on 20 April 2016 by Tracey, Wirral, United Kingdom
We booked this at the very last minute and even though we went for the Gallery seats we had an excellent view and thoroughly enjoyed the show. The cast were brilliant and the set wonderful and we laughed all the way through! A lovely afternoon was spent in lovely surroundings of this theatre.
Reviewed on 20 April 2016 by Gregory, Orpington, United Kingdom
Well acted and very cleverly directed. Highly recommended.
Reviewed on 17 April 2016 by Christine, Gosport, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 April 2016 by Stuart, Biggin Hill, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 11 April 2016 by Steve, Ratby, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 10 April 2016 by Jacqueline, Richmond, United Kingdom
we have never watched a play before, but really really enjoyed it. The acting ( only 6 people in it) was incredible, the amount of lines they each had to learn just blew me away.
Reviewed on 09 April 2016 by Joyce, Harwich, United Kingdom
Birthday trip for 16 yo grandson...he loved it
Reviewed on 07 April 2016 by Peter, Basingstoke, United Kingdom
Brilliant! A must see, funny, poignant and fast paced. Would definitely recommend.
Reviewed on 05 April 2016 by Jane, Stockbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 28 March 2016 by Wayne, Burnham On Crouch, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 March 2016 by Anthony, Kent, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 March 2016 by Andrew, Glenrothes, United Kingdom
An enjoyable romp, reasonably funny. Good acting and clever staging. Probably rather edgy in its day.
Reviewed on 27 March 2016 by Derek, Tonbridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 March 2016 by Connor, Leslie, United Kingdom
Review: HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at the Haymarket Theatre
by Phil Sealey | Saturday, April 9 2016, 15:48
Alan Ayckbourn's HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES is a very good play. A comedy of manners, we are presented with an upper middle class couple, The Fosters, a lower middle class couple, The Phillips and the Featherstones, a timid couple that sit somewhere in between. Much of the action concerns the interplay of these couples and their social differences in how they deal with their wives and the wives of others when rumours of marital dalliances abound.Review: HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES at the Haymarket Theatre