The Rose is a very odd theatre. With very little rake and the "pit" virtually unoccupied it resembles a modern church hall with a wide floor space separating the audience from the stage.
Sir Peter Hall (looking worryingly frail) was in attendance to check on his production of Bedroom Farce and should have been delighted at the heights of comedy produced by an excellent cast. It's one of Ayckbourn's earlier plays so is blissfully funny without the darker undertones of his later work. Sir Peter has assembled a cast including three daughters of theatre aristocracy, Misses Briers, Pickup and Williams who, alongside Jane Asher, perfrom superbly as women saddled with husbands of varying degrees of idiocy. Despite the unusual setting this was an object lesson in how to perform Ayckbourn. - David Baxter
19 Nov 09
I went on a Saturday afternoon and had a very enjoyable time, all the cast were good and this is surely a timeless play - I'm amazed that on the day I went the theatre was less than half full. WHY? - CAA
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