London Classic Theatre celebrate 20 years as an unsubsidised, independent production company working in the UK and Ireland. Since 2000 the company has transitioned from one of the success stories of the London Fringe to its current position as one of the UK’s leading touring companies, producing 41 tours and visiting over 250 venues. The company announces their 2020 season.

Kickstarting the season is Alan Ayckbourn’s comic study of social climbing, Absurd Person Singular, opening at the Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne on 25 February before touring to 24 venues, running until 19 July.

Following this is a production of Bernard Slade’s seventies rom-com, Same Time, Next Year which will open at Malvern Festival Theatre on 2 September before touring to venues including Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, Theatre Royal Winchester, Oldham Coliseum, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds and the Ashcroft Playhouse in Croydon. Full details of the tour will be announced shortly.

UK tour

London Classic Theatre present


Written by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Michael Cabot; Set design by Simon Scullion; Costume design by Kate Lyons

Lighting design by Andy Grange

25 February – 19 July

Three married couples. Three kitchens. Three Christmas parties.

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect. As celebrations begin, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities. But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.

UK tour

London Classic Theatre present


Written by Bernard Slade

Directed by Michael Cabot; Set & Costume design by Bek Palmer; Lighting design by Andy Grange

2 September – 28 November

Doris and George meet in 1951, a chance encounter in a Californian hotel that leads to a passionate one-night stand. Both are married to other people but, aware that this might be the start of something, they promise to meet 12 months later. So begins a romantic love affair that lasts 25 years.

The play charts their lives through the ups and downs of parenthood, career highs and lows as well as the shifting fashions and morals of the passing decades.

Bernard Slade paints a bittersweet, nostalgic and very funny portrait of two likeable protagonists who find themselves in the most unusual of long-term relationships.

One of the world’s most widely staged plays, Same Time, Next Year was originally produced on Broadway in 1975. It ran for four years, winning a Tony Award for lead actress Ellen Burstyn, who later recreated her role in the successful film of the same title opposite Alan Alda.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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