FIRST KNIGHT Theatre presents
By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Pauline Armour
Friday 20 Aug 2pm & 8pm, Saturday 21 Aug 2021 8pm Two Sisters Theatre
Following the success of Ayckbourn’s classic comedy ‘Round and Round the Garden’ in August 2019, First Knight Theatre returns to Hever in 2021 with ‘Living Together’ another of the plays in the award-winning trilogy of ‘The Norman Conquests’.
The action takes place over a Summer weekend and whereas in 2019 we witnessed a series of frenzied encounters in the garden, in 2021 we see what was developing behind closed doors in the living room. Living Together stands alone for first-time audiences and gives an added dimension for audiences who have already been introduced to Ayckbourn’s characters.
Lecherous Norman is desperately intent on making all the women in his life happy – simultaneously attempting to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm her brother’s wife Sarah and still keep his own wife Ruth, happy whilst the emotionally inept neighbour Tom lumbers from one state of bewilderment to the next. Oblivious to the repercussions of his actions, Norman leaves a trail of havoc, misunderstandings and comedy consequences culminating in the playing of a furiously competitive, homemade board game and the erotic delights of a brown nylon rug. At times wildly comic, and at times poignant Living Together brilliantly portrays the complicated relationships that exist in many families. This is Ayckbourn at his brilliant best!
‘In the end it’s Ayckbourn’s sheer theatrical know-how and beady insight into meaningless family rituals that accounts for the gusts of laughter that sweep through the theatre.’The Guardian (reviewing the play)
2 hours, including interval
Reserved covered seating £18
Reserved covered seating Friends £16.20
Discounted Theatre and Gardens Ticket £29.80
Theatre and Afternoon Tea ticket (matinee only) £29.95
Pre-theatre suppers can be reserved with your evening ticket purchase.
Enter via the Lake View car park and choose your picnic spot either by the lake, in the Rose Garden or on the Theatre lawn. Social distancing measures are in place, you can choose where you picnic as long as you abide by them. When you move to the theatre you will see we have reduced the capacity so the chairs within each row can be grouped according to your bubble. This ensures that bubbles can social distance effectively.