Jeremy Herrin

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Absent Friends

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Producer Sonia Friedman Writer Alan Ayckbourn Starring
  • Elizabeth Berrington
  • Kara Tointon
  • Steffan Rhodri
  • Reece Shearsmith
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    Harold Pinter Theatre

    Jeremy revives Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy of manners and social embarrassment.

    Colin's fiancée has just died in a tragic accident so his friends decide to throw a tea party to console him. However, Colin's happiness when he does arrive throws into sharp relief the unhappiness of his friends and their despair at their own marriages.

    Absent Friends played at the Harold Pinter Theatre in Spring 2012.

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    Absent Friends
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    Jeremy Herrin is bang on the money with his revival Michael Billington
    The Guardian

    Herrin's direction is so mercilessly precise, and the acting so acute, that though it is undeniably funny, the play leaves you bruised and punchdrunk... quite brilliant

    Sam Marlowe
    The Arts Desk

    Jeremy Herrin's superb revival... there are many moments in Absent Friends when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughing

    Charles Spencer
    The Telegraph

    Jeremy Herrin's very funny and strongly acted production Paul Taylor
    The Independent

    it’s the best fun to be had in the West End today Tim Walker
    The Telegraph

    Jeremy Herrin's meticulous direction ensures that every last scintilla of comedy is extracted from Ayckbourn's script. Although this isn't the most complex of pieces, Herrin finds layers of desolation in it. Henry Hitchings
    Evening Standard

    Herrin's pin-sharp production should finally return him [Ayckbourn] to enthusiastic favor. David Benedict
    Variety

    Jeremy Herrin's intelligent, sensitive production... achieves the feat of taking Ayckbourn's female characters seriously without losing the fun.

    Caroline McGinn
    Time Out

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