House / Garden

Two linked plays by ALAN AYCKBOURN

Two plays, two audiences, two theatres, one cast!

24 October-3 November 2012

House and Garden are two plays written to be performed simultaneously by one cast in two separate auditoriums. One cast – two audiences!

Garden will be performed in the Bridewell Theatre, and simultaneously, House will be performed in the Bridewell Hall. The actors leave one stage to join the action in the other.

The plays are set in the present day in the country manor house of the Platt Family. The action in House takes place in principal ground floor sitting room, which backs onto the garden of the house. The action in Garden takes place simultaneously in the lower meadow, which is behind the 'formal' garden. All the cast perform in both plays; their characters remain the same throughout!

The two plays are 'standalone' comedies. There is no need to see both, however the audience is encouraged to do so because it is on seeing the second play that the 'full picture' is revealed – and that is where the real magic lies. The plays can be viewed in either order. Unusually for a play, we will be running for two weeks.

Down in the garden, frenzied preparations are underway for the annual village fête. Will the maypole dancers pull it off? Is there someone sinister lurking in the bushes? And exactly what does go on in the fortune teller's tent?

Up at the house, Teddy has dreams of a bright political future as the new local MP. The only thing barring his path, is an urgent need to clean up his private life before the Prime Minister's special envoy arrives...

The matter of the plays is deeply serious; nothing less than modern morality. But Ayckbourn’s treatment is wildly comic

The Guardian

A mind-boggling technical feat... these extraordinary plays do something unparalleled in the history of drama

The Guardian

There are scenes…..that leave you almost helpless with laughter

The Daily Telegraph


TEDDY PLATT | Pete Bryans
TRISH PLATT | Mel Johnson
SALLY PLATT | Shani Schwartz
GILES MACE | Peter Myers
JOANNA MACE | Anne-Marie Chronnell
JAKE MACE | Myles Dobson
GAVIN RYNG-MAYNE | Chris de Pury
BARRY LOVE | Mark Ryan
LINDY LOVE | Louise Bakker
FRAN BRIGGS | Charlotte Price
WARN COUCHER | Paul Arscott
IZZIE TRUCE | Maggie Robson
PEARL TRUCE | Sarah Evans


DIRECTOR | Matt Gould
PRODUCERS | Alex Dorlandt and Emma Taylor
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR | Andrew Macpherson

Bridewell Theatre

  • Wednesday 24 October 2012 7.30pm
  • Thursday 25 October 2012 7.30pm
  • Friday 26 October 2012 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 October 2012 2.30pm
  • Saturday 27 October 2012 7.30pm
  • Sunday 28 October 2012 2.00pm
  • Sunday 28 October 2012 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 31 October 2012 7.30pm
  • Thursday 1 November 2012 7.30pm
  • Friday 2 November 2012 7.30pm
  • Saturday 3 November 2012 7.30pm