Man of the Moment

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  5f, 6m

"A masterpiece [by] Ayckbourn at the peak of his powers using comedy to say harsh, true things about our society." - The Guardian

"Marvelous, moving and memorable." - Time Out

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    5f, 6m
  • Suggested Use
    Suggested Use
    • UIL Approved
  • 1990 Evening Standard Best Comedy Award

    1990 Olivier nomination for Play of the Year


Television producer Jill Rillington is taping a documentary which will reunite Vic Parks with Douglas Beechey. Seventeen years ago, Douglas inadvertently foiled Vic's last bank robbery, during which Vic shot a teller in the face. Vic, a callous boor, served his time and then exploited his celebrity status to become a wealthy television personality. Douglas married the maimed teller and hero and victim fell into shabby obscurity. Now, at Vic's luxurious Mediterranean villa, Jill's hopes for a fiery confrontation are fading because amiable Douglas shows no envy or bitterness and happy people make rotten telly material. Will Vic ever receive his just deserts?


"A masterpiece [by] Ayckbourn at the peak of his powers using comedy to say harsh, true things about our society." - TheGuardian

"Marvelous, moving and memorable." - Time Out

"Ayckbourn is without doubt the living miracle of our modern theatre." - Daily Mail


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Alan Ayckbourn

A playwright and theatre director, to date Alan Ayckbourn has written 89 plays – Family Album attracted four-star reviews when it premiered in September 2022 at the Stephen Joseph, where nearly all his plays are first staged.

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