Direct from a highly celebrated extended season in London’s West End, casting has been announced for Bill Kenwright’s production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How the Other Half Loves as it gets set thrill audiences across the UK this autumn. The 1969 classic and the first of Ayckbourn’s plays to be staged on Broadway, will open at Theatre Royal Windsor on Wednesday 30th August, continuing to Salford, Glasgow, Malvern, Bath, York, Richmond, Guildford, Cheltenham, Brighton and Norwich.
The star cast includes leading actor Robert Daws as Frank Foster, best known for the hit series’ The Royal, Outside Edge, Roger Roger and Jeeves and Wooster. He stars opposite Caroline Langrishe as Fiona Foster, best-known for Lovejoy, Holby City and Judge John Deed.
Charlie Brooks, much-loved for her portrayal of EastEnders’ Janine Butcher, and Leon Ockenden, best-known for his role as Coronation Street’s Will Chatterton, also star.
As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the futures of all three couples seem in jeopardy…
At turns heart-wrenching and hilarious, Ayckbourn’s tale of social graces and personal misunderstanding remains one of the celebrated writer’s most famous comedies.
How the Other Half Loves is directed by theatre director and biographer Alan Strachan. Alan has directed plays in New York, Copenhagen and Amsterdam, but the majority of his work has been in London. He was Artistic Director of the Greenwich Theatre in London for over a decade, and has worked with, amongst others, Sir Michael Redgrave, Dame Penelope Keith, Maureen Lipman CBE, Sir Michael Gambon and Sir Alec Guinness. He came to early prominence as Alan Ayckbourn’s chosen director, and he has been involved with Ayckbourn’s theatre at Scarborough for many years.
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