Alan Ayckbourn’s 1069 tale of matrimonial mishaps is back in London for its first major West End revival. But what have the critics made of it? How the Other Half Loves continues until 25 June 2016 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
The Stage: ★★★★ Mark Shenton wrote: “Strachan directs with precision and his exemplary cast respond with perfect nuance and comic nous.”
The Guardian: ★★★★ Michael Billington found that: “Theatrical snobs still patronise Alan Ayckbourn. Alan Strachan’s cleverly orchestrated revival of his second big hit, first seen in Scarborough in 1969, reminds us just what a comic master Ayckbourn is.”
The Telegraph: ★★★★ Dominic Cavendish said: “the performances are an across-the-board triumph, and if half the new plays hitting our stages at the moment were half as accomplished, what a wonderful world this would be.”
The Daily Mail: ★★★★ Quentin Letts summed the production up by saying: “the acting is so good, and the characters sufficiently timeless, that the show eventually soars.”
WhatsOnStage: ★★★★ Michael Coveney described the production as: “a triumphant return of an outstanding farce: vintage Ayckbourn, classic production.”
Evening Standard: ★★★ Henry Hitchings commented that: “Alan Strachan’s production, staunchly true to the original Sixties setting, is efficient rather than inspired and could do with more pace.”
British Theatre Guide: Steve Orme thought: “On the whole, though, this is a stellar production.”
Theatre Cat.com: ***** “this is a hoot, one of the craftiest , most theatrically innovative farces-of-manners we have.”
How the Other Half Loves plays at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until the 25th June. to book tickets visit: Ticketmaster.co.uk, Discount Theatre.com, Last Minute.com, Theatre Tickets Direct.co.uk, Love Theatre.com, Theatre People.com and UK Tickets.co.uk.