Garden

by  Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 7f, 7boy(s) or girl(s)

Teddy's jilted mistress threatens suicide as a garden fête is prepared. In the original production at Scarborough, and later at the National Theatre, the play was performed in adjacent auditoria simultaneously with Garden.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 7f, 7boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Teddy's jilted mistress threatens suicide as a garden fête is prepared. In the original production at Scarborough, and later at the National Theatre, the play was performed in adjacent auditoria simultaneously with Garden.

Contained in the volume House & Garden

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Perhaps his [Ayckbourn's] greatest work. An engaging, high precision production." - The Daily Telegraph

"It's audacious, crazy and altogether brilliant." - The Times

Videos

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Growing As a Dramatist
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Comparisons
  • Alan Ayckbourn on How to Approach His Plays
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Getting Started
  • Alan Ayckbourn on the Difference Between Then and Now
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Ideas
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Writing a Well Made Play
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: The garden of Teddy and Trish Platt. 
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 7f, 7boy(s) or girl(s)
TEDDY PLATT - a businessman; 40s
TRISH PLATT - his wife, a designer; 40s
SALLY PLATT - their daughter, a schoolgirl; 17
GILES MACE - a doctor; late 30s
JOANNA MACE - his wife, a teacher; late 30s
JAKE MACE - their son, a student reporter; 19-20
GAVIN RYNG-MAYNE - a novelist; late 40s
BARRY LOVE - a shopkeeper; 30s
LINDA - his wife, a shopkeeper; 30s
LUCILLE CADEAU - an actress; of a certain age
FRAN BRIGGS - her driver
WARN COUCHER - a gardener; late 50s-early 60s
IZZIE TRUCE - a housekeeper; late 50s
PEARL TRUCE - an occasional cleaner; late 20s
MAYPOLE DANCERS & BANDSMEN - several children of about seven or eight years old
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Authors

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countles ...

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House & Garden was first performed at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, on June 17th, 1999 under the direction of Alan Ayckbourn. 

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