The Everyman, Cheltenham’s Autumn season begins with Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy, Relatively Speaking, starring Felicity Kendal, Jonathan Coy and Kara Tointon.

Greg only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she’s the girl for him. When she tells him that she’s going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand. Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire, where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is – they’re not Ginny’s parents...

Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and turned him into a household name. When the show opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent.

Felicity Kendal is one of the UK’s most popular actresses who shot to fame with her role in BBC TV’s The Good Life. This will be the first time she has starred in an Ayckbourn play since the West End premiere of The Norman Conquests in 1973.

Jonathan Coy’s TV credits include Rumpole; Hornblower; Brideshead Revisited; Downton Abbey and Foyle’s War. On stage he has starred in Nicholas Nickleby; Donkey’s Years and in the 2011 West End production of Much Ado About Nothing with David Tennant.

Kara Tointon is perhaps best known for her role as Dawn Swann in EastEnders and winning Strictly Come Dancing in 2010. On stage, she made her West End debut in 2011 in Pygmalion, with Rupert Everett and starred in Absent Friends in the West End earlier this year.

Relatively Speaking, Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 September.