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Surprises

Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3f, 3m

Love stories yet to happen, in a future full of surprises.
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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Accolades
Accolades
  • UK Theatre Awards Nomination for Best New Play
Description
Who is the amorous stranger, Titus, who materialises in young Grace's bedroom? Can she believe he is who he says he is? For her parents, Franklin and Martha, does love everlasting still hold true if death is postponed indefinitely? Can lawyer Lorraine, who prides herself on her infallibility, have finally discovered the ideal partner, one who is also never wrong? Will lonely secretary Sylvia, after unhappy affairs with everyone from deep sea divers to space shuttle pilots, ever find her Mr Right?

A comedy with its head in the future and its heart in the past, Alan Ayckbourn's Surprises premiered in July 2012 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre. - See more at: http://www.faber.co.uk/catalog/surprises/9780571297665#sthash.z2BLFPf4.dpuf

Who is the amorous stranger, Titus, who materialises in young Grace's bedroom? Can she believe he is who he says he is? For her parents, Franklin and Martha, does love everlasting still hold true if death is postponed indefinitely? Can lawyer Lorraine, who prides herself on her infallibility, have finally discovered the ideal partner, one who is also never wrong? Will lonely secretary Sylvia, after unhappy affairs with everyone from deep sea divers to space shuttle pilots, ever find her Mr Right?

 

A comedy with its head in the future and its heart in the past.

History
Alan Ayckbourn's Surprises premiered in July 2012 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in a co-production with Chichester Festival Theatre.

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  • No Special Cautions

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


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Details

  • Time Period: The Future
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The near future
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3f, 3m
Cast Attributes
Casting Notes

Written originally for a cast of six, Surprises features 13 characters with actors doubling up roles.

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Alan Ayckbourn

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of Alan Ayckbourn joining the Library Theatre company in Scarborough, of which he was the Artistic Director for 37 years and where he made both his professional playwriting in 1959 and his directorial debut in 1961.He has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by tel ...

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