Alan Ayckbourn’s tale of matrimonial mishaps is back in London for its first major West End revival. But what have the critics made of it? 


The Stage:****Mark Shenton wrote: “Strachan directs with precision and his exemplary cast respond with perfect nuance and comic nous.”

The Guardian: ****Michael Billington found that: “Theatrical snobs still patronise Alan Ayckbourn. Alan Strachan’s cleverly orchestrated revival of his second big hit, first seen in Scarborough in 1969, reminds us just what a comic master Ayckbourn is.”

The Telegraph: ****Dominic Cavendish said: “the performances are an across-the-board triumph, and if half the new plays hitting our stages at the moment were half as accomplished, what a wonderful world this would be.”

The Daily Mail: **** Quentin Letts summed the production up by saying: “the acting is so good, and the characters sufficiently timeless, that the show eventually soars.”

WhatsOnStage: **** Michael Coveney described the production as: “a triumphant return of an outstanding farce: vintage Ayckbourn, classic production.”


Evening Standard:*** Henry Hitchings commented that: “Alan Strachan’s production, staunchly true to the original Sixties setting, is efficient rather than inspired and could do with more pace.”

British Theatre Guide: Steve Orme thought: “On the whole, though, this is a stellar production.”

Theatre  ***** “this is a hoot, one of the craftiest , most theatrically innovative farces-of-manners we have.”

How the Other Half Loves plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until the 25th June. to book tickets visit:, Discount, Last, Theatre Tickets, Love, Theatre and UK 



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