Hilarious Ayckbourn comedy

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Artistic director Daniel Buckroyd’s first Made in Colchester production on the main stage at the Mercury Theatre is Alan Ayckbourn’s Events on a Hotel Terrace, which opened for a run March 7 to 16 and returns from April 23-27.

This is the first of four hilarious and interlinked social comedies to be staged at the Mercury, from the critically acclaimed Intimate Exchanges sequence, written by one of our finest living playwrights, Alan Ayckbourn.

The Intimate Exchanges series, in which two actors play every character, is Ayckbourn’s most ambitious project to date, exploring how even the tiniest, careless choices we make in our lives can have enormous consequences.

This first instalment, Events on a Hotel Terrace, tells the story of Celia and Toby whose relaxing weekend by the sea is shattered when, in true comic fashion, spurned lover Lionel turns up dressed as a waiter to ruin the peace and quiet, swearing his undying love and forcing her to eat a succession of cream teas and sandwiches.

This pioneering series of plays stars an exceptional cast of Ruth Gibson and Gwynfor Jones and is directed by Robin Herford, arguably best known as director of The Woman in Black in the West End.