A neglected early comedy from one of Britain’s greatest dramatists, J. B. Priestley.

Ferndale, Laburnum Grove. A quiet, residential address in one of the newer north London suburbs. George Radfern, decent, respectable citizen and householder spends his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse, listening to Handel on the wireless. But when his grasping in-laws and daughter’s obnoxious beau try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession.

An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality.

Laburnum Grove is another Finborough Theatre rediscovery from J.B. Priestley, following the huge critical acclaim for the sell-out production of Priestley’s Cornelius. Laburnum Grove was last seen at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe.

 

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