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Classic has its time

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: October 06, 2013

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CLASSIC comedy Time of My Life will be heading to the New Vic this autumn when Alan Ayckbourn makes his annual visit to the theatre-in-the-round.

First produced at Scarborough’s Stephen Joseph Theatre in 1992 and then in the West End, Time of My Life is one of Ayckbourn’s most popular plays and is at the New Vic from Tuesday, October 8 until Saturday, October 26.

It is Laura Stratton’s birthday and, to celebrate the event, her husband Gerry, their two sons and their partners are gathered for an evening out in the family’s favourite restaurant. The dinner turns out to be a significant moment in all their lives with repercussions for years to come.

Although regularly presented in Britain and abroad, this is the play’s first major revival by Ayckbourn himself.

Ayckbourn said: "This is one of my very JB Priestley-esque plays. It deals with time and is very much about living for the moment: how we sometimes fail to realise where we are in our lives – if only we had stopped and just looked around for a moment."

The cast consists of John Branwell, Rachel Caffrey, Sarah Parks, Emily Pithon, Ben Porter, James Powell and Richard Stacey. The same company will appear in Ayckbourn’s latest play, Arrivals and Departures, which is at the New Vic from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 26, and Farcicals, two short, one-act linked pieces, The Kidderminster Affair on Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 19, and Chloë With Love on Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 19.

Tickets for Time of My Life, priced from £12 to £21 (with concessions), are available by telephoning the New Vic Box Office on 01782 717962 or online at www.newvictheatre.org.uk.

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