Absent Friends at the Harold Pinter Theatre 26 Jan 2012.

Alan Ayckbourn's comedy Absent Friends, opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 09 Feb 2012, following previews from 26 Jan 2012 and booking to 14 Apr 2012.

Directed by Jeremy Herrin , lighting by Peter Mumford, design by Tom Scutt, sound by Ian Dickinson and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Bob Bartner.

Cast includes Kara Tointon (Evelyn), Reece Shearsmith (Colin), Katherine Parkinson (Diana), Elizabeth Berrington (Marge), Steffan Rhodri (Paul), David Armand (John).

Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 75 plays, over half of which have been produced in West End as well as on Broadway. Ayckbourn was Artistic Director at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough from 1972-2009 and was an Associate Director at the National Theatre from 1986-88. He was awarded a CBE in 1987 and in 1997 was knighted for services to the theatre.

When Colin loses his fiancée, his married friends invite him round for comfort over tea and sandwiches. As the tea starts to pour, it's clear that trouble is brewing with a wickedly funny blend of jealousy, infidelity and barely concealed loathing. Tension starts to boil and maybe Colin isn’t the one who needs help… with friends like these, who needs enemies?

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