Before The Party

About the Show Less...

A hilarious adaptation of Somerset Maugham's short story, revived for the first time in over 25 years. Read More >

The war is over and the Skinner family are trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government weren’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.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 21/03/2013

Opening Night: 29/03/2013

Closing Night: 11/05/2013

Running time: 2h25

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Cast & Creative


Polly Dartford, Anna Devlin, Stella Gonet, Emily Lane, Katherine Parkinson, Alex Price, Michelle Terry, Michael Thomas, June Watson


Director - Matthew Dunster

Designer - Anna Fleischle

Lighting Designer - Philip Gladwell

Sound - Ian Dickinson

Author - Rodney Ackland

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