location phone search zoomin zoomout menu cancel-circle mail googleplus facebook instagram twitter vimeo pinterest
Loading Events
Book Now

Show & Tell

Alan Ayckbourn’s 90th play

Tuesday 8 October at 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on Wednesday 9 October, 2024 at 2:30 pm

One event on Thursday 10 October, 2024 at 2:30 pm

One event on Thursday 10 October, 2024 at 7:30 pm

One event on Friday 11 October, 2024 at 7:30 pm

One event on Saturday 12 October, 2024 at 2:30 pm

One event on Saturday 12 October, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Alan Ayckbourn’s 90th play is a celebration of theatre, a delightfully dark farce lifting the lid on the performances we act out on a daily basis.
8-12 October at the Old Laundry Theatre

Jack’s planning a big party for his wife’s birthday. He’s pulling out all the stops and has booked a touring theatre company to perform in the main hall of the family home. The only problem is that Jack is getting a bit forgetful in his old age and can’t remember all the details of the booking…

The Homelight Theatre Company is on its knees. They desperately need a well-paid gig and Jack’s booking is very well paid. Pinning him down on the details has been tricky and something doesn’t feel quite right.

“He is a kind of English Chekhov who is also an incomparably fine director of his own serious comedies”
The Wall Street Journal on The Girl Next Door (2021)

“Ayckbourn’s deft and light touch takes you deviously into darker reaches of the soul”
Scarborough News on Family Album (2022)

“Genius…highly amusing.”
The Daily Mail on Constant Companions (2023)

Produced by the Stephen Joseph Theatre
Written & Directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Running time: 2.5 hours including interval
Age guidance: 12+

A £1.50 booking fee applies
Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable

Available dates:
Tuesday 8 October 7.30pm |  Wednesday 9 October 2.30pm | Thursday 10 October 2.30pm & 7.30pm | Friday 11 October 7.30pm | Saturday 12 October 2.30pm & 7.30pm

Dine out at the Bistro!
For evening shows, we are delighted to see the return of the Bistro for this very special celebration of Alan Ayckbourn’s 90th play!  The dine out ticket is £58 which includes a seat in the theatre and a two course meal served at 6pm in the Laundrama before the show.  Choose from a starter & main, or main & dessert – or upgrade your meal on the evening to three courses for an additional £6.  Click to view the menu.

Alan Ayckbourn has a long association with The Old Laundry Theatre.  Almost every year since the Old Laundry opened in 1992 it has proudly presented a production written and directed by Ayckbourn.  Consequently, Sir Alan has a large fan base in the Lake District and surrounding areas, and the theatre is extremely lucky to be able to work with arguably the greatest playwright of our time for not one but two productions in Bowness this year.  As of 2024, Alan Ayckbourn has written 90 full-length plays and is recognised as one of the world’s most successful and performed living playwrights. His plays are staged throughout the world and have been translated into more than 35 different languages.  The Old Laundry is thrilled to have his latest, and 90th play ‘Show and Tell’ on its world premiere tour.

Dine Out menu



Dine Out ticket (includes two-course meal served at 6pm in Laundrama Bistro)£58
Friend of the Old Laundry (FOOL)£28
Groups (10 tickets or more)£20
Hardship ticket (see description for info)£15
Student/ Under 25£10
Book Now


Tuesday 8 October
7:30 pm
Event Category:


Old Laundry Theatre
Crag Brow, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3BX United Kingdom
015394 40872