Old Laundry Stages West End Show Revival

Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn’s much anticipated revival of THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE opens this week at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere.

Things We Do For Love, written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn begins its run of 16 evening and matinee performances on Friday 17 May, with the final performances on Saturday 1 June.

The production is a must see for old and new fans of Ayckbourn.

 This new revival of one of Ayckbourn’s most popular and acclaimed plays of the ‘90s marks the first time the renowned playwright has directed the award-winning play since its West End premiere in 1989.   The play which gained great success in the West End won Sir Alan the Lloyd’s Private Banking Playwright of the Year Award.  The intimate Lake District Old Laundry Theatre has a long-running association with the playwright, who directs the comedy, while long-term collaborator Roger Glossop designs the set.

In a change from the in-the-round staging so familiar with Ayckbourn fans, this production at the Old Laundry takes full advantage of an end stage format, to which Set Designer Roger Glossop has created an intriguing ‘doll’s house’ view in to three separate apartments of a three-story house.  The set is centred on a single woman’s flat with just a few feet of the floors above and below visible as the play explores the proximity between people and how that plays out in love and war.

Things We Do For Love follows head-strong, determined and career-driven Barbara, who lives alone in her male-free, child-free flat.  Widower Gilbert, a postman with a passion for painting, rents the basement.  When Barbara’s old school friend, Nikki and her fiancé, Hamish move into the upstairs flat, everyone’s life takes a very unexpected direction when forbidden desires are soon revealed!

The cast features an array of actors from stage and screen – all of whom have worked with the playwright and the Old Laundry before.  Starring in the production are Georgia Burnell as Nikki, Tanya-Loretta Dee as Barbara, Laurence Pears as Hamish and Leigh Symonds as Gilbert.

Talking about Things We Do For Love, Alan Ayckbourn said: “I’ve always been quite fond of it; I think it’s rather a funny play, but which gets quite dark. I think the theme amuses me. It’s almost an anti-love play really in that a passionate love affair starts between two people which destroys all around them.”

  Marketing Manager Sarah Melhuish says, We are thrilled to have this exciting new revival of Things We Do for Love as the centrepieces of our 2024 theatre programme.  We want to make this type of high-quality performance accessible to as many people as possible, so in addition to our standard ticket price of £30, we are offering Student and Youth tickets at £10, Hardship Tickets at £15 and £20 tickets for Groups of over 10 people.  Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to see the sharp and gorgeously funny comedy play at the Old Laundry – directed by Ayckbourn himself.”

 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. His latest, and 90th play ‘Show and Tell’ will arrive at the Old Laundry Theatre on its world premiere tour in October 2024.

 Things We Do For Love can be seen at the Old Laundry Theatre from 17 May – 1 June

The Old Laundry shares a building with the World of Beatrix Potter Attraction in Bowness-on-Windermere and produces a lively annual programme of professional drama, classical music, folk, festivals, comedy, lectures and film.

Visit www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk for full details of Things We Do For Love and all upcoming shows.