CASTING has been announced for the first show of the Salisbury Playhouse autumn/winter season, Alan Ayckbourn’s ingenious comedy Bedroom Farce, which runs from Thursday, September 4 to Saturday, October 4.

Graham Seed, best known for playing Nigel Pargetter in The Archers for nearly 30 years, will play Ernest with Penelope Beaumont, who recently appeared in Mark Rylance’s production of Much Ado About Nothing at The Old Vic, playing his wife, Delia. They are joined by Mawgan Gyles, who was in last year’s production of Dangerous Corner, and David Partridge, who last performed at the Playhouse in The Recruiting Officer. Completing the cast are Niall Costigan, Emma Noakes, Emily Wachter and Eleanor Wyld.

Bedroom Farce takes place in three bedrooms as three couples prepare for a night out. Each couple is interrupted by the overbearing Susannah and Trevor and their ‘relationship problems’ in one of Ayckbourn’s most popular plays that shines a light on the trials and tribulations of seventies marriage.

Bedroom Farce is directed by Salisbury Playhouse’s artistic director, Gareth Machin, who most recently directed the hit production of Chris Chibnall’s Worst Wedding Ever.

This funny and touching play is performed in the round in the specially reconfigured main house.

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