Friday 16 August 2pm
Friday 16 August 8pm
Saturday 17 August 8pm
Reserved Covered Seating £18.00
Friends Discounted ticket £17.10
Discounted Theatre and Gardens Ticket £29.05 Adult £24.65 Child
Afternoon Tea (after the matinée performance only) £11.95 to be booked with your theatre ticket
Pre-theatre supper can be reserved with your ticket purchase for the evening performances
130 minutes with interval
Dir. Pauline Armour
Following acclaim for their previous productions at Hever – The Time of My Life (2017), The 39 Steps(2018) First Knight Theatre returns in 2019 with an Ayckbourn classic, the hilarious and much-loved Round and Round the Garden. First performed in 1973 as the final play in the award-winning Norman Conquests trilogy, the setting is a rambling country garden aptly positioned centre stage within the wonderful Hever grounds. ‘A garden within a garden’.
The setting for this hilarious and much loved play is a rambling country garden so we have enlisted the design skills of Hever Castle’s Head Gardener, Neil Miller, to produce the set for this production. Expect a beautiful display that may well spread into the auditorium when Neil creates his garden within his garden!
Following acclaim for their previous productions at Hever – The Time of My Life (2017), The 39 Steps(2018) First Knight Theatre returns in 2019 with an Ayckbourn classic, Round and Round the Garden. First performed in 1973 as the final play in the award-winning Norman Conquests trilogy.
The action takes place over the course of a weekend when the self-absorbed, lecherous Norman is desperately intent on making all the women in his life happy, simultaneously attempting to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm his brother’s wife Sarah and still keep his own wife, Ruth happy whilst the hapless neighbour Tom is merely intent on coaxing a cat out of a tree. Oblivious to the repercussions of his actions, Norman leaves a trail of havoc, misunderstandings and comedy consequences culminating in an orgiastic frenzy on the lawn. At times wildly comic, and at times poignant Round and Round the Garden brilliantly portrays the complicated relationships that exist in most families.
‘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
Neil Miller will be holding a pre-theatre talk on the gardens at Hever Castle at 7.15pm before the evening performance on Friday 16 August. Everyone with a ticket for the performance is welcome – no need to book.