How the Other Half Loves

Full-Length Play, Comedy  /  3f, 3m

How the Other Half Loves
by Alan Ayckbourn

"You can go into the Royale Theatre stone cold sober and come out a couple of hours later drunk from laughter." - UPI

How the Other Half Loves

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 3m
  • Audience
    Target Audience


There are three couples in this play, the men all working for the same firm. One of the younger men is having an affair with the wife of the oldest, and when each returns home suspiciously late one night or early one morning they invent a story about having to spend some time smoothing domestic matters in the home of the third couple. Both living rooms are shown in the single set, and both share a common dining room which takes on a character of its own as it serves two dinners simultaneously on two different nights. Of course, the third couple have to show up to put the fat in the fire, but that complication only adds to the fun of this famous farce.
M3 (30s, middle age) F3 (30s, 40s)
  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Setting Two merged living-rooms
  • Cautions
    • Mild Adult Themes


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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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