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A Small Family Business

A Small Family Business (Play) production archive for QTIX code T2002317197. Details of all A Small Family Business archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1530212527

Archive Listings

1 Apr 14
27 Aug 14
Olivier (National Theatre)
West End, Greater London
Performance Details => Venue archive


A Small Family Business archiveJack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law's business he's approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack's integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax. Well, that's one down, isn't it. Nine to go. Next! Thou shalt not kill. What about that then? Let's have a crack at that one next, shall we?. First performed at the National Theatre, this hilarious morality play won the Evening Standard Drama Award for Best Play in 1987. Alan Ayckbourn's A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987.


Mike Aherne (understudy: Ken Ayres), Rosie Armstrong (understudy: Poppy McCracken / Harriet Ayres), Neal Barry (Desmond Ayres), Stephen Beckett (Cliff McCracken), Tony Boncza (understudy: Jack McCracken), Abby Cassidy (understudy: Samantha McCracken / Tina Ruston), Matthew Cottle (Benedict Hough), Nicholas Delvalle (understudy: The Rivetti Brothers / Roy Ruston / Benedict Hough), Debra Gillett (Poppy McCracken), Gawn Grainger (Key Ayres), Amanda Hadingue (Yvonne Doggett), Nigel Lindsay (Jack McCracken), Matthew Lloyd Davies (understudy: Cliff McCracken / Desmond Ayres), Rebecca McKinnis (Tina Ruston), Amy Marston (Harriet Ayres), Gerard Monaco (Rivetti brothers), Jan Shepherd (understudy: Yvonne Doggett / Anita McCracken), Alice Sykes (Samantha McCracken), Samuel Taylor (Roy Ruston), Niky Wardley (Anita McCracken)


Author: Alan Ayckbourn
Producer: National Theatre
Director(s): Adam Penford, Alison de Burgh (fight)
Design: Tim Hatley
Lighting: Paul Anderson
Music: Grant Olding
Sound: Gareth Fry


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