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A Salisbury Playhouse co-production with Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company in the Main House

Joking Apart

by Alan Ayckbourn

Main House

27 February - 23 March 2013

Joking Apart

Joking Apart, Photo:Fabio De Paola


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"It's altogether delicious; an exposure of human nature at its best and worst"
The Stage

"Quintessential Ayckbourn... impeccable direction from Lucy Pitman-Wallace... All the actors are brilliant"
Nottingham Post

"What better to raise the spirits and add a bit of sunshine"

"A perceptive and enjoyable comedy"
Impact Magazine


Anyone for tennis?

Richard and Anthea are the ideal couple. Charming, generous and successful, they can’t help but attract loyal and loving friends.Is it possible that being friends with such a golden couple can have its downfalls?

Could you actually come to loathe such lovable people, especially when they are so… well… ‘nice’?

Richard, Anthea and their friends repeatedly gather to relax and compete, both on and off the tennis court, as their private agonies emerge to devastating effect.

Played out in the same back garden (complete with tennis court!) over a twelve-year period, this painfully funny play explores the unrelenting themes of ageing, jealousy and unrequited love.

Joking Apart is directed by Lucy Pitman-Wallace, who staged Salisbury Playhouse's record-breaking production of Ayckbourn's Way Upstream in 2011.

Of all his seventy-six plays (so far!), Sir Alan Ayckbourn has frequently said that Joking Apart is one of his favourites.

For an Audio description of the show click here

Running Time: Approx.  2 hrs 15 mins, including one interval.

Booking Details

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Performance Times

Monday to Saturday evenings at 7.30pm
Matinees on Thursdays and Saturdays at 2.15pm from 7 March.

Tours and Talks

Backstage Tour
Saturday 2 March, 11am, £8

Talk Out: Post Show Discussion
Tuesday 19 March

BSL interpreted performance

Wednesday 20 March, 7.30pm

Audio Description & Touch Tour
Thursday 21 March, 2.15pm & 7.30pm

Theatre Day
Thursday 14 March, 11am, £8

Ticket Prices

£12 - £22

Discounts and Concessions

Over 60s (available Tuesday – Saturday evenings)
£2 off full-price tickets

Under 25s, NUS cardholders, disabled,  income support
£12 for best available seats in the Main House (proof of status required)

School groups & youth organisations
£8.50 for best available seats in the Main House.

Groups (available Tuesday - Saturday evenings)
Groups of 12+ £3 off Main House full prices
Groups of 40+ £4 off Main House full prices

Only one discount or concession per ticket. Subject to availability.

Encore Meal Deal

£17 for a two-course meal, when booked with your theatre tickets.

Cast & Creatives

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Director                  Lucy Pitman-Wallace

Designer                Tom Rogers

Lighting Designer   Johanna Town

Sound Designer     Paul Dodgson

Associate Director  Zoe Waterman 

Vocal Coach            Sally Hague


Click here to meet the cast