Absence makes the art of humour grow fonder

Absent Friends is coming to The Grand
Absent Friends is coming to The Grand
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The ‘painfully funny’ Absent Friends will take audiences back to the Seventies next month.

London Classic Theatre 
returns to the Grand Theatre to present the Alan Ayckbourn play.

In the summer of 1974, a group of friends get together to cheer up the bereaved 
Colin, whose fiancee drowned a couple of months earlier.

Hostess Diana has – justified – suspicions about her bullying husband Paul having an affair with Evelyn, the glamorous wife of his incompetent business associate John. And their party is completed by Marge, who’s left her hypochondriac husband Gordon ill at home.

A spokesman said: “Preparations for the party spark tensions and open old wounds. As lingering resentments and deep-rooted jealousies surface, an unexpectedly cheerful Colin strolls into the mayhem. 

“Acerbic and painfully funny, Absent Friends explores friendship, marriage and what it ultimately means to be happy.

“In one of his finest plays, Ayckbourn’s craftsmanship and acute social observation have never been sharper or more biting.”

* Absent Friends, Grand Theatre, Blackpool, Tuesday to Saturday, May 5 to 9. Call (01253) 290190 for tickets from £13.50, with buy one get one free on opening night for top price tickets.