Matthew Marsh stars as Max Villiers, a celebrity ghost writer who, with his talented shopper wife Harriet (Eleanor David), is hosting an impromptu Halloween party in north London. As Max connects his first plasma TV, the evening is hijacked by interference from the past, trick-or-treaters at the door and strangers on the brand new rug.
Also in the cast are Lloyd Hutchinson, Adie Allen, Katherine Parkinson, Simon Kassianides, Orlando Seale and Christina Cole. The premiere production, directed by Anna Mackmin, continues its limited season until 6 January 2007.
First night critics mostly enjoyed the play, although they felt Jones owed perhaps too large a debt to Edward Albee, Mike Leigh and Alan Ayckbourn for the drama’s mix of comedy and tragedy in a highly-charged social situation. Reviewers praised the performances of the cast – particularly those of Matthew Marsh and Eleanor David as the central couple whose relationship faces meltdown.
- by Caroline Ansdell