Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Small Family Business at the National Theatre

Alan Ayckbourn's award-winning play A Small Family Business is to get a major revival at the National Theatre in April - and will also be screened live around the world.
The National Theatre has just announced the acclaimed 1987 play will be part of its spring season  opening on 1 April at the venue with an NT Live screening scheduled for 12 June.
The production will be directed by Adam Penford and the announced cast includes Nigel Lindsay, Debra Gillett, Gawn Grainger, Amy Marston and Samuel Taylor with more to be announced soon.
The play was originally produced by the National Theatre in 1987 when Alan Ayckbourn took a two year sabbatical from Scarborough to work at the National Theatre. It was written for the Olivier stage, where it is also being revived. The scale of the piece has meant that it has rarely been revived since despite its many accolades.
A Small Family Business centres on an honest man, Jack McCracken, taking over his father-in-law's business. But his integrity is put on the line when a detective not only threatens his family but uncovers a web of misdemeanours within the business. As Jack's principles slowly slide away, the play builds to a macabre climax.
A Small Family Business won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and was a huge success met with much acclaim; the noted critic Michael Billington named it as one of his 10 best plays of the century and the playwright Mark Ravenhill has said it was an inspirational plays and one of the "most intensely political plays of the period."
A Small Family Business will open at the National Theatre on 1 April and will run through April and May. Booking opens on 14 February and further information can be found here.
The play will also be broadcast at cinemas around the world as part of NT Live on 12 June. Venues and further details will be announced soon with further details available here.
Alan Ayckbourn will also be giving a platform talk at the National Theatre at 6pm on Thursday 10 April and further details can be found here.  The play's director, Adam Penford will also be giving a platform on 15 April.
To find out more about the play A Small Family Business, visit the section devoted to the play at www.alanayckbourn.net here.