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.
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 brilliantSam Marlowe
The Arts Desk
Jeremy Herrin's superb revival... there are many moments in Absent Friends when it becomes physically impossible to stop laughingCharles Spencer
Jeremy Herrin's intelligent, sensitive production... achieves the feat of taking Ayckbourn's female characters seriously without losing the fun.Caroline McGinn