Absurd Person Singular, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, Glee Club

Absurd Person Singular – tour starts 25 February

London Classic Theatre, celebrating 20 years as an unsubsidised, independent production company, starts its 2020 season with Absurd Person Singular.

This 1970s black comedy of social climbing written by Alan Ayckbourn sees three married couples host three Christmas parties over three years. As social positions reverse, cracks appear in marriages and the scenes are set for a farce.

London Classic Theatre founder and artistic director Michael Cabot directs.

Absurd Person Singular visits Eastbourne Theatres, New Wolsey Theatre Ipswich, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Lighthouse Poole, Ashcroft Playhouse Croydon, Theatr Clwyd, Theatre Royal Winchester, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Hull Truck Theatre, Malvern Theatres, CAST Doncaster, Queen’s Hall Hexham, Key Theatre Peterborough, Marina Theatre Lowestoft, Derby Theatre, Northcott Theatre Exeter, Wyvern Theatre Swindon, South Hill Park Bracknell, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Middlesbrough Theatre, New Theatre Royal Lincoln and Playhouse Weston-Super-Mare.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em – tour starts 26 February

Classic 1970s television comedy Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em returns to the stage having previously toured in 2018.

Reprising their roles are Joe Pasquale as loveable but accident-prone Frank Spencer, Sarah Earnshaw as Frank's long-suffering wife Betty, and Susie Blake as his disapproving mother-in-law, Mrs Fisher.

The original television series was written by Raymond Allen. The adaptation is by Guy Unsworth, who also directs. Choreography is by Jenny Arnold.

Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em is produced by Limelight Productions and visits Churchill Theatre Bromley, Lighthouse Poole, Nottingham Theatre Royal, Everyman Theatre Cheltenham, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Newcastle Theatre Royal, Birmingham The Alexandra, St Helens Theatre Royal, Marlowe Theatre Canterbury, Yvonne Arnaud Guildford, Palace Theatre Southend with further venues to be announced.

The Glee Club – tour starts 28 February

Set in the summer of 1962 with Britain on the cusp of change, this story of friendship and loyalty about five hard-working, hard-drinking Doncaster miners who sing together at local gala concert features classic songs from the 1950s performed live.

Written by Richard Cameron, this comedy was first seen at London's Bush Theatre in 2002 after which it transferred to the West End.

Bill Ward, whose stage credits include Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Shakespeare In Love, leads the cast. He is joined by Joshua Hayes, Robert Jackson, Linford Johnson, Kai Owen and Eamonn Riley.

The Glee Club is directed by Out of Joint artistic director Kate Wasserberg with associate director Sita Thomas and assistant director Gavin Joseph. The musical director and sound designer is Dyfan Jones.

The show is presented by Out Of Joint, Cast and Kiln Theatre; it opens in the writer's home town of Doncaster at Cast and then visits Harrogate Theatre, Theatr Clwyd Mold, Lichfield Garrick, Malvern Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Northern Stage Newcastle, Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford, Oldham Coliseum, Leeds Playhouse, Theatre Royal York and Kiln Theatre London.

Check web sites for information regarding post-show Q&As, captioned, signed, relaxed and parent and baby performances, the use of smoke / haze and flashing lights and age suitability. At the time of going to press, some dates may not yet be on sale.