Surprises: Theatre Royal Bath
Theatre Royal Bath
It is difficult to imagine how, without having Alan Ayckbourn's name attached to it, this would ever have seen the light of day.
This is the writer's 76th play and among that number you find some real gems.
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In fact, at the end of April, his newly revived smash hit Relatively Speaking will be making a return visit to Bath.
Because Ayckbourn is such a much loved icon of British theatre who has given us such great entertainment over the years it seems a bit mean to say very harsh things about any of his new works.
But this play, that looks into the future and how we might manipulate it, doesn't seem to me to have a single redeeming feature if one is looking for an even passably entertaining evening out.
There are three acts and I would have been delighted to leave after the first – or better still, even earlier.
Like other writers before him Ayckbourn looks at how, if we could travel through time we might be able to change our lives – maybe even marry the right person.
The scene is set with an embarrassingly awful conversation between father and daughter that tells us all we need to know about the dire evening that lies ahead of us.
We are not disappointed. The play's extreme dullness is only partially relieved by an engaging performance of an android in love by Richard Stacey.
The play runs until Saturday.