Absent Friends returns to London


Couples venturing into the capital on romantic London getaways this coming Valentine's Day have a new play to delight in as the Harold Pinter Theatre stages a production of Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy Absent Friends.

It's A comedy about embarrassing social faux pas; when protagonist Colin losses his fiance his married friends invite him to a tea party and things soon descend into chaos with a "wickedly funny blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely concealed loathing".

Ideal for those in central London hotels, the play is directed by seasoned stage veteran and award-winner Jeremy Herrin.

In addition to Mr Herrin, the play is supported by a star cast comprising of well-known stage and TV talent, such as David Armand from The Armstrong and Miller Show, Elizabeth Berrington of In Bruges and Waterloo Road fame, and The IT Crowd's  Katherine Parkinson, among many others.

The original production debuted at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1974, the play first came to London a year later at the Garrick Theatre.

Set to open to the public once more on January 26th, with the run ending April 14th, the praised comedy hopes to recreate the same sold-out success story that the show’s original run achieved.

During a previous production of the perennially popular stage classic, the Guardian urged theatre lovers to snap up tickets.

"Absent Friends is one of Ayckbourn's most favoured creations, but lacking in incident or ¬obvious punchlines, it is not frequently revived," explained critic Alfred Hickling.

The Harold Pinter Theatre was first opened in 1881 when it was known as The Royal Comedy Store. Since then its reputation as a premier comedy venue has only grown.

Box office ATG Tickets added: "The range of work at The Harold Pinter Theatre has been far reaching, from musical comedies to revival and experimental theatre and includes hugely successful shows such as Savages starring Paul Scofield in 1973 and The Rocky Horror Show making its West End debut in 1979."