NT Live: A Small Family Business

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United Kingdom | 2014 | 210 Minutes | Adam Penford

July 19 - 23, 2014

This riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play.

Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

Alan Ayckbourn is one of Britain’s best known and well-loved modern playwrights, whose plays include A Chorus of Disapproval, Bedroom Farce, Relatively Speaking, and Season’s Greetings. A Small Family Business returns to the stage it was originally written for in 1987 before transferring to Broadway for a successful run.

The comically talented cast is lead by Nigel Lindsay (Four Lions, Alan Partridge), recently seen as Bolingbroke in the Royal Shakespeare Live presentation of Richard II.

  • Director: Adam Penford
  • Principal Cast: Nigel Lindsay, Debra Gillett, Gawn Grainger, Amy Marston, Samuel Taylor
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 210 Minutes
  • Website: NT Live Website
  • Format: DCP