Absurd Person Singular

Absurd Person Singular

Absurd Person Singular

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Absurd Person Singular is a 1972 play by Alan Ayckbourn. Divided into three acts, it documents the changing fortunes of three married couples. Each act takes place at a Christmas celebration at one of the couples' homes on successive Christmas Eves.

Production history

The play made its London début at the Criterion Theatre on 4 July 1972, transferring to the Vaudeville Theatre in July 1973, where it ran until 30 September 1974, completing a run of 973 performances.

Its official New York Broadway début was at the Music Box Theatre on October 8, 1974. It ran for 591 performances in its first run on Broadway (through March 1976). It was revived on Broadway on October 18, 2005 at the Biltmore Theatre, for 56 performances.

The BBC produced a television drama, adapted from the play, first broadcast on January 1, 1985. It was directed by Michael Simpson and starred John Baddeley, Cheryl Campbell, Michael Gambon, Nicky Henson, Lesley Joseph, Maureen Lipman, Geoffrey Palmer and Prunella Scales.

The play was revived in the West End at the Whitehall Theatre, May 1990; and at the Garrick Theatre in December 2007.

A new production was stage at the new Curve Theatre in Leicester, starring Tracy-Ann Oberman and directed by Paul Kerryson.



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