Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business re-opens at the National Theatre

A Small Family Business

Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National Theatre next week where it premièred in 1987.

Directed by Adam Penford, the cast is led by Nigel Lindsay as Jack McCracken.

The black comedy opens in the Olivier on April 8 and will be broadcast to cinemas and participating theatres worldwide by National Theatre Live on 12 June.

Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long.

Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information.

Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes.

Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

Nigel Lindsay is a busy boy. He’s currently appearing as Bolingbroke in Richard II at the RSC and immediately before that was at The Donmar Warehouse in The Same Deep Water As Me.

Television and film includes Poirot, Gifted, The Tunnel, The Fear, Rogue Trader, Rome, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Chris Morris’s Four Lions.

A Small Family Business will run until August 27.

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