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Before The Party

By Rodney Ackland. From the short story by W. Somerset Maugham A Salisbury Playhouse Production
4 - 27 May 2017 Main House
Before The Party



“But darling what will people think if the sister’s wearing mourning and the widow’s dressed in pink?”

The war is over and the Skinner family is trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government wasn’t such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies.

With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.

Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

Before the Party is based on a short story by Somerset Maugham. Ackland’s hilarious adaptation is a sizzling portrayal of the upper middle classes adjusting to post-war life.

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.


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Booking Details

Mon – Sat at 7.30pm
Thu & Sat matinees at 2.15pm

Free Post Show Talk Wednesday 17 May

Backstage Tour Saturday 27 May, 11am, £6

Tickets £25.00 - £9.50
Concessions available
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Access Performances

BSL Signed Performance Tuesday 23 May at 7.30pm

Captioned Performance Wednesday 24 May at 7.30pm

Audio Description & Touch Tour Thursday 25 May at 2.15pm & 7.30pm Touch Tours are free and take place 90 minutes before the performance starts, to book your place on a touch tour call the ticket office on 01722 320 333.

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Cast & Creatives



Director Ryan McBryde

Designer James Turner

Lighting Designer Ben Cracknell

Sound Designer Jon Roache

Casting Director Anji Carroll CDG

Casting Assistant Victoria Laker

JMK Assistant Director  Flora Longley-Cook Leverhulme Arts Scholar and recipient of JMK regional assistant director bursary

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