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Absurd Person Singular

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Absurd Person Singular

Monday 30th March, 2020 - Saturday 04th April, 2020


Ashcroft Playhouse


Directed by Michael Cabot

Set Design by Simon Scullion

Lighting Design by Andy Grange

Costume Design by Kate Lyons


Three married couples.  Three kitchens.  Three Christmas parties.

Sidney Hopcroft, a small-time tradesman, persuades wife Jane to throw a Christmas party hoping to find favour with a bank manager and local architect.  As the celebrations get under way, class differences and naked ambition combine to hilarious effect as, one by one, the characters seek refuge in Jane’s kitchen.

Over the next two years, the Jacksons and Brewster-Wrights take turns to host festivities.  But Sidney’s star has begun to rise and roles are increasingly reversed as the cracks in the other couples’ marriages begin to show.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia fuses a potent mix of farce and black comedy.

An Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright, Alan Ayckbourn’s 81 plays have been produced worldwide.  Notable successes include: The Norman Conquests, Relatively Speaking, Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval and Communicating Doors. 

Following their successful tour of Absent Friends in 2015, Alan Ayckbourn’s much-loved 1972 classic will be the centrepiece of London Classic Theatre’s 20th Anniversary Year.





Monday - 30th March 7:45 PM Book Now
Tuesday - 31st March 7:45 PM Book Now
Wednesday - 01st April 2:30 PM Book Now
Wednesday - 01st April 7:45 PM Book Now
Thursday - 02nd April 7:45 PM Book Now
Friday - 03rd April 7:45 PM Book Now
Saturday - 04th April 2:30 PM Book Now
Saturday - 04th April 7:45 PM Book Now


‘A master of comic ingenuity.’

The Guardian

Venue Info

Ashcroft Playhouse

With increased capacity of over 800 seats the Ashcroft Playhouse will present seasons of plays and musicals as well as being home to local community performances and events.  Seasons of live cinema broadcasts will also feature in the programme.


On Monday 16 September 2019, Dame Judi Dench formally re-dedicated the Ashcroft Playhouse at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls to her friend and Croydon-born fellow actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. The award-winning actress unveiled the People’s Picture, a giant commemorative mosaic by artist Helen Marshall.


Dame Judi Dench unveils Dame Peggy Ashcroft mural