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Absent Friends archiveSummer 1974. A well-intentioned tea party descends into chaos. Wealthy, unfulfilled housewife Diana arranges a gathering of old friends to cheer up bereaved Colin, whose fianc?e drowned a few months earlier. Paul, her bullying, self-absorbed husband, has recently had a brief affair with Evelyn, the glamorous, young wife of his friend and incompetent business associate, John. The get-together is completed by long-suffering Marge, who has left her hypochondriac spouse ailing at home. Preparations for the party commence, sparking tensions and opening old wounds. As lingering resentments and deep-rooted jealousies surface, an unexpectedly cheerful Colin wanders into the mayhem.

Author Alan Ayckbourn.

Archive listings for Absent Friends

Work type: Play.


Presented byThe Questors.
18 Dec 18 to 5 Jan 19Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
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Company The Phoenix Players. Director Phil Jones.
14 Feb 17 to 18 Feb 17The King's Theatre, Gloucester :: V029413031
listing details L2108459850


Company London Classic Theatre. Director Michael Cabot. Design Simon Kenny. Lighting Andy Grange. Performer Ashley Cook (Colin). Performer John Dorney (John). Performer Kevin Drury (Paul). Performer Catherine Harvey (Diana). Performer Kathryn Ritchie (Evelyn). Performer Alice Selwyn (Marge). Performer Susie Emmett.
19 Nov 15 to 21 Nov 15The Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare :: V865
listing details L01807722570
16 Nov 15 to 18 Nov 15Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa :: V131
listing details L1410102441
9 Nov 15 to 14 Nov 15New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
listing details L677641219
5 Nov 15 to 7 Nov 15Beck Theatre, Outer London :: V296
listing details L0750413752
3 Nov 15 to 4 Nov 15Grove Theatre, Dunstable :: V1616570102
listing details L1874711747
27 Oct 15 to 31 Oct 15Grand Theatre, Swansea :: V831
listing details L1305318154
23 Oct 15 to 24 Oct 15Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham :: V984
listing details L01391729203
19 Oct 15 to 21 Oct 15Princess Theatre, Torquay :: V900
listing details L103262376
15 Oct 15 to 17 Oct 15Playhouse, Norwich :: V69
listing details L1912014972
13 Oct 15 to 14 Oct 15South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
listing details L0172672441
6 Oct 15 to 10 Oct 15Theatre Royal, Windsor :: V742
listing details L04727418
28 Sep 15 to 3 Oct 15Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork :: V055571373
listing details L01014700770
21 Sep 15 to 26 Sep 15Old Rep, Birmingham :: V147
listing details L0510345039
17 Sep 15 to 19 Sep 15White Rock Theatre, Hastings :: V670
listing details L578642288
15 Sep 15 to 16 Sep 15Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
listing details L1297179531
10 Sep 15 to 12 Sep 15Millfield Theatre, Outer London :: V316
listing details L1833988125
8 Sep 15 to 9 Sep 15Towngate Theatre, Basildon :: V30
listing details L01191435790
3 Sep 15 to 5 Sep 15Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury :: V0465778148
listing details L1877780821
1 Sep 15 to 2 Sep 15Gala Theatre, Durham :: V0146218420
listing details L901732132
26 Aug 15 to 29 Aug 15Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee :: V596
listing details L1860646240
19 Aug 15 to 22 Aug 15Malvern Theatres, Malvern :: V01718852442
listing details L98639301


Company London Classic Theatre. Director Michael Cabot. Design Simon Kenny. Lighting Andy Grange. Performer Ashley Cook (Colin). Performer John Dorney (John). Performer Kevin Drury (Paul). Performer Catherine Harvey (Diana). Performer Kathryn Ritchie (Evelyn). Performer Alice Selwyn (Marge).
13 Jul 15 to 18 Jul 15Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham :: V90
listing details L01485395568
7 Jul 15 to 11 Jul 15Derby Theatre, Derby :: V1830193620
listing details L01554158868
2 Jul 15 to 4 Jul 15Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells :: V690
listing details L1271922731
30 Jun 15 to 1 Jul 15Theatre Royal, Margate :: V685
listing details L2076882194
25 Jun 15 to 27 Jun 15Greenwich Theatre, Outer London :: V308
listing details L1509399797
22 Jun 15 to 24 Jun 15Lyceum Theatre, Crewe :: V470
listing details L1715535172
15 Jun 15 to 20 Jun 15Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L663908942
8 Jun 15 to 13 Jun 15Belgrade Theatre, Coventry :: V153
listing details L1739222312
2 Jun 15 to 6 Jun 15Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
listing details L01578531025
28 May 15 to 30 May 15Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
listing details L896217633
26 May 15 to 27 May 15Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Southsea :: V780
listing details L1863589209
21 May 15 to 23 May 15Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
listing details L911946074
19 May 15 to 20 May 15Civic Theatre, Chelmsford :: V32
listing details L01363050598
14 May 15 to 16 May 15Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury :: V1452754579
listing details L0263640320
11 May 15 to 13 May 15Wyvern Theatre, Swindon :: V928
listing details L528122296
5 May 15 to 9 May 15Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool :: V518
listing details L0937412109
8 Apr 15 to 2 May 15Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
listing details L0133793030


Company LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art).
29 May 13 to 6 Jun 13Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Outer London :: V315
listing details L867013473


Producer Sonia Friedman. Director Jeremy Herrin. Design Tom Scutt. Lighting Peter Mumford. Sound Ian Dickinson. Performer Kara Tointon (Evelyn). Performer Elizabeth Berrington (Marge). Performer Katherine Parkinson (Diana). Performer Reece Shearsmith (Colin). Performer David Armand (John). Performer Steffan Rhodri (Paul).
26 Jan 12 to 14 Apr 12The Harold Pinter Theatre, West End :: V386
listing details L54744522


Producer Mercury Theatre. Director Gari Jones. Performer Ignatius Anthony. Performer Amanda Haberland. Performer Clare Humphrey. Performer Gina Isaac. Performer Ben Livingstone. Performer David Tarkenter.
23 Feb 12 to 10 Mar 12Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
listing details L0709932512


Producer Union Theatre. Director Ben De Wynter. Performer Chas Early. Performer Gillian McCafferty. Performer Shaun Stone. Performer Olivia Busby. Performer Giles Fagan. Performer Fiona Gordon.
26 Oct 10 to 13 Nov 10Union Theatre, Inner London :: V1167
listing details L1790340385


Producer Harrogate Theatre. Producer Oldham Coliseum. Producer Anvil Arts. Director Nikolai Foster. Design Colin Redmond. Performer David Crellin (Colin). Performer Dominic Gately (John). Performer Samantha Giles (Marge). Performer Kerry Peers (Diana). Performer Steve Pinder (Paul). Performer Poppy Tierney (Evelyn).
16 Mar 10 to 20 Mar 10Anvil Arts, Basingstoke :: V765
listing details L333228034
16 Mar 10 to 20 Mar 10Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke :: V764
listing details L0629564476
25 Feb 10 to 13 Mar 10Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
listing details L1142850993
28 Jan 10 to 20 Feb 10Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
listing details L01113050444


Producer Watford Palace. Director Brigid Larmour. Design Emma Wee. Lighting James Farncombe. Director Louis Hammond (casting). Performer Abigail Thaw (Diana). Performer Jonathan Guy Lewis (Paul). Performer Sally Ann Triplett (Marge). Performer Ian Targett (Colin). Performer Dale Superville (John). Performer Claire Lams (Evelyn).
2 Oct 08 to 25 Oct 08Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
listing details L502447672


Company Applause Plus Production Company.
5 Sep 08Dorking Halls, Dorking :: V1030
listing details L01204543755


Company Alnwick Theatre Club.
20 Aug 08 to 23 Aug 08Playhouse, Alnwick :: V1176
listing details L595772709


Company Dick and Lottie.
15 May 08 to 16 May 08Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
listing details L2055691668


Producer Salisbury Playhouse. Director Mark Powell. Lighting Peter Hunter.
10 May 07 to 26 May 07Playhouse, Salisbury :: V923
listing details L342088629


Producer Tower Theatre Company. Director Ann Rooney.
13 Jun 06 to 17 Jun 06Bridewell Theatre, Inner London :: V171
listing details L01171325511


Producer Mill at Sonning. Director Ian Masters. Design Michael Holt. Lighting Matthew Biss. Costume Jane Kidd. Performer Kenny Blyth. Performer Chris Pavlo. Performer Penelope Rawlins. Performer Ian Shaw. Performer Angela Sims. Performer Tracy Wiles.
11 Jan 05 to 19 Feb 05The Mill, Sonning :: V739
listing details L01727792536


Producer Stables. Director Jon Finch.
8 Oct 04 to 15 Oct 04The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings :: V669
listing details L390492484


Company Putney Theatre Company. Director Caroline Ferris.
14 Sep 04 to 18 Sep 04Putney Arts Theatre, Outer London :: V363
listing details L01848460349


Producer Alice De Sousa. Company Galleon Theatre Company. Director Bruce Jamieson. Costume Rachel Baynton. Design Liam Daniel Shea. Lighting Robert Gooch. Performer Karen Admiraal. Performer Adam Robert Brody. Performer Carole Carpenter. Performer Paul Hessey. Performer Kevin Marchant. Performer Fiona Terry.
23 Mar 04 to 18 Apr 04Greenwich Playhouse, Outer London :: V1286
listing details L1863461072


Company Dick and Lottie.
25 Mar 04 to 27 Mar 04Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield :: V972
listing details L01549352524


Company Congleton Players.
29 Apr 03 to 3 May 03Daneside Theatre, Congleton :: V469
listing details L01333055543


Producer Questors. Director John Turner.
28 Sep 02 to 5 Oct 02Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
listing details L0122684744


Performer Marc Bannerman. Performer Lavinia Bertram. Performer John D Collins. Performer Louise English. Performer Frazer Hines. Performer Madeleine Howard. Performer Derren Nesbitt.
11 Jul 02 to 18 Jul 02Theatre Royal, Windsor :: V742
listing details L1770187151


Company Torch Theatre Company. Company The Welsh College of Music and Drama. Director Peter Doran.
30 May 01 to 1 Jun 01Torch Theatre, Milford Haven :: V820
listing details L26396518


Company Presbyn Players.
26 Apr 01 to 28 Apr 01The Library Theatre, Luton :: V02027386231
listing details L01576899381


Company 8:5 Theatre Company.
11 Apr 01 to 14 Apr 01Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
listing details L1908084765


Company Upstagers.
30 Mar 00 to 1 Apr 00Cryer Arts (formerly Charles Cryer Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V293
listing details L410576169


Company GTC Youth Theatre.
18 Nov 98 to 21 Nov 98Barton Green Theatre, New Malden :: V1092
listing details L1315663726


Director Alan Ayckbourn. Company Stephen Joseph Company. Performer Janet Dibley. Performer Tamzin Outhwaite. Performer Jacqueline King. Performer Paul Raffield. Performer Tyler Butterworth. Performer Martin Ball. Design Roger Glossop. Lighting Mick Hughes.
8 Oct 97 to 15 Nov 97Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough :: V949
listing details L1270161622
18 Sep 97 to 30 Sep 97The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere :: V191
listing details L0897048224
to 15 Nov 97New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
listing details L01814566807
to 15 Nov 97New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme :: V119
listing details L01454192248


Director Gareth Tudor Price. Performer Shirley Anne Fields. Performer Christopher Strauli. Performer David Janson. Performer Peter Blake. Performer Shirin Taylor. Performer Linda Davidson.
3 Jun 97 to 7 Jun 97Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool :: V518
listing details L1265017890
27 May 97 to 31 May 97New Theatre, Oxford :: V802
listing details L1612885320
19 May 97 to 24 May 97Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
listing details L0532800180
12 May 97 to 17 May 97Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne :: V665
listing details L16644403
21 Apr 97 to 25 Apr 97Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
listing details L01112286220
14 Apr 97 to 19 Apr 97Lyceum Theatre, Crewe :: V470
listing details L1160937270
24 Mar 97 to 29 Mar 97Theatr Clwyd, Mold :: V810
listing details L1010668936
10 Mar 97 to 15 Mar 97Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe :: V749
listing details L270231398
17 Feb 97 to 22 Feb 97Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole :: V910
listing details L531042219
10 Feb 97 to 15 Feb 97Hull New Theatre, Hull :: V934
listing details L02014308244
28 Jan 97 to 1 Feb 97New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
listing details L01483340544


Director Michael Simkins. Design Jessica Tyrwhitt. Lighting Leonard Tucker.
23 Apr 97 to 7 Jun 97Greenwich Theatre, Outer London :: V308
listing details L034733354


Performer Jan Francis. Performer Sophie Lawrence. Performer Peter Blake. Performer David Janson.
3 Mar 97 to 8 Mar 97Forum Theatre, Billingham :: V557
listing details L0934391794
3 Feb 97 to 8 Feb 97Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L0784103241

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23 Oct 06 to 28 Oct 06Playhouse, Erith :: V186
listing details L01142911132
28 Apr 05 to 30 Apr 05Avenue Theatre, Sittingbourne :: V689
listing details L0347825563
2 Sep 02 to 14 Sep 02Southwold Arts Centre (formerly Southwold Theatre), Southwold :: V85
listing details L535848739
13 Feb 99 to 20 Feb 99Rugby Theatre, Rugby :: V133
listing details L0544854133
13 Feb 99 to 20 Feb 99Rugby Theatre, Rugby :: V133
listing details L138819225
5 Jun 97 to 7 Jun 97De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea :: V651
listing details L1922589019
28 Apr 97 to 3 May 97Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L319977265
20 Feb 97 to 15 Mar 97Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
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