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A classic from Alan Ayckbourn

PUBLISHED: 11:38 03 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:04 11 August 2010

THE SPRING season at the Queen s Theatre, Hornchurch kicks off with a multitude of marital mix-ups in the hit comedy How The Other Half Loves. This former West End success by superb British playwright, Alan Ayckbourn, stars members of the Queens resident

THE SPRING season at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch kicks off with a multitude of marital mix-ups in the hit comedy How The Other Half Loves.

This former West End success by superb British playwright, Alan Ayckbourn, stars members of the Queens resident company Cut to the Chas.

Set in the 1970s, married Bob is sleeping with his boss's glamorous wife Fiona.

In an attempt to avoid suspicion, the guilty pair cook up a seemingly perfect alibi.

But with tables set for what should be two perfectly civilised dinner parties, their lies spiral out of control, and the three couples get their love lives entangled with ever-increasing comic confusion. They've got more than a few burnt chops and raw spuds to worry about!

How The Other Half Loves premiered in 1969, inspired by Ayckbourn's observations of the parallels and contrasts in urban life.

Known as the master of situation comedy, Ayckbourn has won more than 25 major theatre awards, including an Olivier. He was knighted by the Queen in 1997 for his outstanding contribution to the industry.

Joining the cast at the Queens is Stuart Organ, from TV drama Secret Diary of a Call Girl. He was also headmaster, Mr Robson in kids' show Grange Hill. The theatre is also welcoming its newest company member, Kim Ismay, whose credits include the national tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and the West End's Mamma Mia.

How The Other Half Loves is directed by Queen's associate director, Matt Devitt.

It runs at the Queens Theatre in Billet Lane, Hornchurch from January 30 to February 21.

Tickets cost £13.50-£22.

Call the Box Office on 01708 443333.


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