Jenny Seagrove and Nicholas Le Prevost are set to star in Bill Kenwright’s new West End production of Alan Ayckbourn’s farcical tale of matrimonial mishaps, How The Other Half Loves.
The 1969 classic – the first of Ayckbourn’s plays to be staged on Broadway – returns to London to play the Theatre Royal Haymarket from March 23.
As Bob and Fiona clumsily try to cover up their affair, their spouses’ intervention only adds to the confusion. William and Mary Featherstone become stuck in the middle, falsely accused of adultery and with no idea as to how they’ve become involved.
The plot culminates in two disastrous dinner parties on successive nights, shown at the same time, after which the futures of all three couples seem in jeopardy.
Olivier Award nominated star of stage and screen Nicholas Le Prevost plays Frank Foster opposite Jenny Seagrove as Fiona Foster. Jenny starred in Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular in the West End in at the Garrick in 2007, and is best known for her role as QC Jo Mills in BBC’s Judge John Deed.
Jason Merrells, one of TV’s most popular actors from roles in Lark Rise to Candleford, Cutting It and Waterloo Road, and recently seen on stage in Twelve Angry Men, plays Bob Phillips opposite Tamzin Outhwaite as Teresa Phillips.
Outhwaite, who has appeared on television in EastEnders and in Hotel Babylon, returns to the Haymarket after her starring role in Sweet Charity. It was Ayckbourn who gave the actress her first professional role in Absent Friends at the Stephen Joseph Theatre 20 years ago.
Ayckbourn favourite, Matthew Cottle, star of BAFTA nominated Game On, and most recently seen in Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business at the National Theatre, appears as William Featherstone opposite Gillian Wright as Mary. Gillian is nationally known for her award-winning role as Jean Slater in EastEnders.
How The Other Half Loves runs at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from March 23-June 25.