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Joking Apart

by Alan Ayckbourn
directed by John Riley

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Joking Apart

Richard and Anthea are the lucky couple who seem to have all the good fortune fall into their lap; yet in a very British way, they are thoroughly nice and eager to help their friends and neighbours. The only problem is that, with the best of intentions, they end up sucking out their independence and self-respect, in short the life out of them. Ayckbourn wrote this play as a response to critics who accused him of only writing about unhappy couples and the author is on record as saying that this play is his personal favourite, which is quite an accolade.

Photograph copyright Paul Viant

Saturday 2 to Saturday 9 June 2018
Matinee Sunday 3rd June at 3pm • Wed 6th June - No performance

Please enquire of the Box Office before booking tickets as to the extent of the provision available at the Mary Wallace Theatre for those with disabilities.

Other past productions

  1. The 39 Steps - John Buchan (Adapted by Patrick Barlow from an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon)
  2. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  3. Romeo and Juliet - A Senior Youth Theatre Production - William Shakespeare
  4. Bette and Joan - Anton Burge
  5. The Railway Children (stage version) - E. Nesbit adapted by Mike Kenny
  6. Richard II - William Shakespeare
  7. Kindertransport - Diane Samuels
  8. The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  9. The Death of Miss Gloria Starr - Devised by the cast
  10. Metamorphosis - Steven Berkoff, from the classic story by Franz Kafka
  11. The Seagull - Anton Chekhov, in a new version by Torben Betts
  12. The History of Cardenio - William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor
  13. The Snow Dragons - Lizzie Nunnery
  14. The Weir - Conor McPherson
  15. Oh! What a Lovely War - Joan Littlewood and the Theatre Workshop
  16. The Merchant of Venice - William Shakespeare
  17. Tom and Viv - Michael Hastings
  18. As You Like It - William Shakespeare
  19. Toad of Toad Hall - A. A. Milne - A play from Kenneth Grahame’s book ‘The Wind in the Willows’ Music by H Fraser-Simson
  20. Collaborators - John Hodge
  21. Boeing-Boeing - Marc Camoletti translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans
  22. We Are Three Sisters - Blake Morrison
  23. THE ADVENTURES OF PINOCCHIO - Lee Hall from Carlo Collodi’s original tale
  24. The White Devil - John Webster
  25. The Adventures of Dick Whittington and his Cat - Dickon Williamson
  26. King Lear - William Shakespeare
  27. The Taming of the Shrew - William Shakespeare
  28. Coraline - from the novel by Neil Gaiman
  29. Night Must Fall - Emlyn Williams
  30. All’s Well that Ends Well - William Shakespeare
  31. The Government Inspector - Nikolai Gogol, adapted by D. J. Campbell
  32. Uncle Vanya - Anton Chekhov, in a version by Christopher Hampton
  33. Egad! The Woman in White - Tim Kelly
  34. Monstrous Regiment - Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs
  35. Master Shakeshafte - Peter Parkinson
  36. Love’s Labour’s Lost - William Shakespeare
  37. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie, Tim Supple and David Tushingham
  38. From These Green Heights - Dermot Bolger
  39. Othello - William Shakespeare
  40. Blood Wedding (Youth Theatre) - Federico García Lorca - Translation by Gwynne Edwards
  41. The Chalk Garden - Enid Bagnold
  42. A Tender Thing - Ben Power
  43. The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
  44. Julius Caesar - William Shakespeare
  45. Educating Rita - Willy Russell
  46. The Merry Wives of Windsor - William Shakespeare
  47. Robin Hood - David Barrett
  48. Double Bill: Leonardo’s Last Supper and Laughter (Part II) - Peter Barnes
  49. Designs on Ladies - Georges Feydeau, translated by David King, adapted by Rodney Figaro
  50. Rhinoceros - Eugene Ionesco, translated by Martin Crimp
  51. Once in a Lifetime - Moss Hart & George S Kaufman
  52. The Deep Blue Sea - Terence Rattigan
  53. Dracula - Liz Lochhead adapted from Bram Stoker's novel
  54. Henry VIII or All is True (staged reading) - William Shakespeare & John Fletcher
  55. The Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society Murder Mystery - David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin jr.
  56. Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  57. Around The World in 8 Plays - Patrick Greene and Jason Pizzarello
  58. In the Club - Richard Bean
  59. Measure for Measure - William Shakespeare
  60. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, adapted by Jo Clifford
  61. Peter Pan - JM Barrie (John Caird and Trevor Nunn)
  62. Taking Sides - Ronald Harwood
  63. Aladdin - John Crocker - Music & Lyrics by Eric Gilder
  64. Little Gem - Elaine Murphy
  65. Vita & Virginia - Eileen Atkins
    adapted from correspondence between Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West
  66. Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  67. Tom Paine - Paul Foster
  68. Youth Theatre Double Bill - Will Averill: Cinderella: Or How Pipsqueak the Mouse Became a Stallion. 'Crinkley Bottom............' was devised in-house
  69. Gormenghast - John Constable adapted from the novel by Mervyn Peake
  70. This Story of Yours - John Hopkins
  71. King John - William Shakespeare
  72. Pygmalion - Bernard Shaw
  73. Fallen Angels - Noel Coward
  74. A Month in the Country - Ivan Turgenev - adapted into English by Emlyn Williams
  75. Glengarry Glen Ross - David Mamet
  76. A Midsummer Night’s Dream - William Shakespeare
  77. A Vampire Story - Moira Buffini
  78. Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass - Lewis Carroll - dramatised by Adrian Mitchell
  79. The Odd Couple (female version) - Neil Simon
  80. The Beauty Queen of Leenane - Martin McDonagh
  81. Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
  82. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
  83. Gaslight - Patrick Hamilton
  84. Cymbeline - William Shakespeare
  85. Iron - Rona Munro
  86. Confusions - Alan Ayckbourn
  87. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
  88. I Hate Shakespeare - Steph DeFerie
  89. Moonlight and Magnolias - Ron Hutchinson
  90. Lulu - Frank Wedekind, in a version by Peter Barnes
  91. Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  92. Whipping It Up - Steve Thompson
  93. Harvey - Mary Chase
  94. Happy Days - Samuel Beckett
  95. Days of Wine and Roses - Owen McCafferty
Richmond Shakespeare Society
The Mary Wallace Theatre The Embankment,
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU
Box Office 07484 927 662
(between 10 am and 7 pm only please)

“O, two such silver currents, when they join, do glorify the banks than bound them in” King John, Act ii, Sc.2