The Norman Conquests on Broadway
Alan Ayckbourn's comic trilogy of plays, THE NORMAN CONQUESTS, will come to Broadway directly following its sold out critically acclaimed run in London. The first London revival of THE NORMAN CONQUESTS ran September 11-December 20, 2008 at The Old Vic and was an instant sell out. For the production, the venerable 200-year-old theatre was converted for an in-the-round staging which will be retained for Circle in the Square's unique configuration.
THE NORMAN CONQUESTS comprises three full length plays - Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden - which are ingeniously written to be enjoyed individually or as a trilogy, in any order. The action is simultaneous and each exit in one play turns out to be an entrance in another. The plays will be performed on a rotating schedule during the week and can also be seen in one day on "Trilogy Saturdays".
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Set in the dining room (Table Manners), living room (Living Together) and garden (Round and Round the Garden) of an English country house, THE NORMAN CONQUESTS follows six characters - assistant librarian Norman, his wife, in-laws and the local vet - from Saturday night through Monday morning. We watch as desperate lothario Norman attempts to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm his brother-in-law's wife Sarah and woo his estranged wife Ruth, during a disastrously hilarious weekend of eating, drinking and misunderstanding. With his characteristic compassionate humor, Ayckbourn explores the disappointments bubbling beneath the surface as his characters' dreams of love and fulfillment go amiss.
Matthew Warchus (Direction)
Rob Howell (Set and Costume Design)
David Howe (Lighting Design)
Simon Baker for Autograph (Sound Design)
Gary Yershon (Music)
Alan Ayckbourn (Playwright)
Age Recommended for 12 +. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Summary A trio of comedies about three couples spending a crazy weekend at an English country home, each hilarious play in The Norman Conquests trilogy is set in a different location: the dining room in Table Manners, the living room in Living Together, and the garden in Round and Round the Garden.
Our Recommendation Alan Ayckbourn, the prolific British playwright who specializes in wacky romantic comedies with serious undertones, has crafted an intricate comic puzzle with The Norman Conquests, writing each play so that it essentially takes place at the same time as the others. If you see all three (and you can see them in any order), the puzzle will be complete. However, each play is also satisfying on its own, so you don't have to see the entire trilogy. Either way, you're in for at least one great evening of hysterical farce as you watch shaggy playboy Norman trying to seduce the various women at the house.