Wiltshire Creative has announced the full casting for its production of Alan Ayckbourn’s How the Other Half Loves.

Gareth Machin directs Sam Alexander (William Featherstone), Sherry Baines (Fiona Foster), Philip Bretherton (Frank Foster), and Rebecca Cooper (Mary Featherstone), Haydn Oakley (Bob Phillips), and Joanna van Kampen (Teresa Phillips).

The production opens on February 14, with previews from February 9, and runs until March 4.

Included in the cast, are many actors who are making their return to Salisbury Playhouse. 

Rebecca Cooper featured in Snow White and the Happy Ever After Beauty Salon, and Her Naked Skin. Haydn Oakley was in Betty Blue Eyes, Philip Bretheron and Sherry Baines were both in Before The Party, and Joanna van Kampen featured in The Magna Carta Plays. Sam Alexander makes his playhouse debut.

Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative Gareth Machin said: I am thrilled to announce the brilliant cast for How the Other Half Loves which is coming to Salisbury Playhouse this February. I can’t wait to watch these six talented actors bring Ayckbourn’s comedy to life as they explore the complex narratives of matrimonial relationships.”

A Wiltshire Creative production


By Alan Ayckbourn

Cast: Sam Alexander (William Featherstone), Sherry Baines (Fiona Foster), Philip Bretherton (Frank Foster), Rebecca Cooper (Mary Featherstone), Haydn Oakley (Bob Phillips), Joanna van Kampen (Teresa Phillips)

Director: Gareth Machin; Designer: Micheal Taylor; Lighting Designer: Joanna Town; Sound Designer: Elizabeth Purnell; Fight Director: Paul Benzing; Casting Director: Gabrielle Dawes CDG

February 9 – March 4

Three couples. Two dining rooms. One big mess.

The lives of three couples frantically intertwine in this classic Ayckbourn comedy of confusion and chaos. When one of the women arrives home suspiciously late one night, a chain of events unfolds drawing each of the couples ever deeper into hilarious misunderstanding.

Sam Alexander plays William Featherstone.

Sherry Baines plays Fiona Foster. 

Philip Bretherton plays Frank Foster.

Rebecca Cooper plays Mary Featherstone.

Joanna van Kampen plays Teresa Phillips.

Haydn Oakley plays Bob Phillips.

Gareth Machin is the Artistic Director of Wiltshire Creative. Previously, he was studio associate at the National Theatre, artistic director of Southwark Playhouse and associate director at Bristol Old Vic.