Relatively Speaking

  • Theatre Royal New Road Brighton, England, BN1 United Kingdom

Theatre Royal Bath Productions presents Robert Powell and Liza Goddard in
Relatively Speaking by Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by Robin Herford
Designed by Peter McKintosh

'As funny as anything Ayckbourn has ever written'
The Times

'The most brilliant comedy of misunderstandings to have been written in the past 40 years'
Daily Telegraph


Greg only met Ginny a month ago but has already made up his mind that she’s the girl for him. When she tells him that she’s going to visit her parents, he decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand. Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is – they’re not Ginny’s parents.

Beautifully crafted, wonderfully funny and charmingly English, Relatively Speaking was Alan Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and turned him into a household name. When the show opened at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 1967, the critics hailed the arrival of a great new comic talent.

Robert Powell received multiple awards and a BAFTA nomination for his portrayal of Jesus in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth. His extensive stage performances include Alan Bennett’s Single Spies, Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell and most recently King Charles III.

Liza Goddard is one of the UK’s favourite actresses. Her extensive range of Ayckbourn credits includes Life of Riley, Communicating Doors, Season’s Greetings, Life and Beth and If I Were You. Television work includes cult classics Doctor Who and Bergerac. She has made guest appearances in BBC’s Wild West, CITV’s Out of Sight and ITV’s Midsomer Murders.

Director Robin Herford’s numerous credits include Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce and Season’s Greetings, Rain Man, The Secret of Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles and the phenomenally successful stage adaptation of The Woman in Black – a production which has now celebrated 25 years in the West End and been seen by over seven million people. 

Designer Peter McKintosh is the winner of an Olivier Award for Crazy For You in the West End and was Olivier nominated for Hello Dolly. His productions of Death And The Maiden, Butley and The 39 Steps all received Tony nominations on Broadway

'Two hours of continuous laughter'
The Guardian

'Ingenious…the funniest trick of the season'
Evening Standard

'Light as a soufflé'
Punch

'Clicks and fizzes to the very end'
Daily Mail