The war is over and the Skinner family is trying to return to normal.

If only the blasted Government wasn’t such a nuisance with rationing preventing Cook from acquiring delicious delicacies. With daught­er Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.

Rodney Ackland, who adapted the play from a short story by Somerset Maugham, has recently seen a huge resurgence in the popularity of his work, which is much admired by such artists as Dame Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and originally Dame Edith Evans and Sir John Gielgud.

Tom Conti is one of the most respected and celebrated actors of his generation. Unforgettable as the leading man in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence and Shirley Valentine, he has also appeared as myriad characters on screen and stage. He was recently voted Most Popular Actor in the West End alongside Dame Judi Dench.


21 - 26 Sep New Victoria Theatre, Woking 0844 871 7645 Book online
28 Sep - 3 Oct Festival Theatre, Malvern 01684 892 277 Book online
5 - 10 Oct Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham 01242 572573 Book online
12 - 17 Oct Theatre Royal, Bath 01225 448844 Book online
19 - 24 Oct Devonshire Park, Eastbourne 01323 412000 Book online


Aubrey Skinner Tom Conti
Blanche Skinner Gwen Taylor
Nanny Laoisha O’Callaghan
Kathleen Skinner Elizabeth Payne
David Marshall Peter Sandys-Clarke
Laura Whittingham Carol Starks
Susan Skinner Eleanor Thorn


Director Tom Conti
Set & Costume Design Julie Godfrey
Lighting Design Douglas Kuhrt
Sound Design Dan Samson


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