A Small Family Business

by  Alan Ayckbourn

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  7m, 5f

"One of Alan Ayckbourn's best." - The New York Times

"If you demand your fun fast and furious, this is your ticket." - The New York Post

"You'll laugh 'till it hurts. Don't miss it!" - WNEW Radio

"The laughs never sto…

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A Small Family Business

by  Alan Ayckbourn

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 5f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce

Additional Info

England's master of satire is in top form in this comic morality play which was triumphantly presented by the National Theatre of Great Britain. Jack McCraken has the opportunity of a lifetime: he is the new head of a family furniture business and believes he will initiate a new age of honesty and integrity. He quickly learns that everyone else involved in the enterprise has a vested interest in maintaining business as usual, rife with dishonesty and deceit.
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Reviews

"One of Alan Ayckbourn's best." - The New York Times

"If you demand your fun fast and furious, this is your ticket." - The New York Post

"You'll laugh 'till it hurts. Don't miss it!" - WNEW Radio

"The laughs never stop. Easily one of the best plays to arrive in this Broadway season." - USA Today

"Ayckbourn has never written more skillfully." - The Evening Standard

"Brilliant." - Financial Times

"The laughs heap up, but by the evening's end our theatre's master craftsman and finest recorder of social nuance has delivered a disturbing morality play." - London Daily News

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Large Stage

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, 1980s
  • Setting: The action takes place in the sitting room, kitchen, hall, landing, bathroom, and bedroom in the houses of various members of the family over one week.

Casting

7m, 5f

KEN AYRES

DESMOND AYRES
His son

HARRIET AYRES
Desmond's wife

JACK MCCRACKEN
Ken's son-in-law

POPPY MCCRACKEN
Ken's daughter; Jack's wife

SAMANTHA MCCRAKEN
Their youngest daughter

TINA RUSTON
Their eldest daughter

ROY RUSTON
Her husband

CLIFF MCCRACKEN
Jack's brother

ANITA MCCRACKEN
His wife

YVONNE DOGGETT
Harriet's sister

BENEDICT HOUGH
A private detective

THE RIVETTI BROTHERS

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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast

Casting Notes

Note: It is intended the Rivetti brothers all be played by the same actor. 

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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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A Small Family Business premiered at the Olivier stage of the Royal National Theatre on 20 May 1987.

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