A Small Family Business

by Alan Ayckbourn

★★★★ 
'Classic Ayckbourn. Delivers laughs and chills with great panache' Daily Telegraph

Very last chance to see!

Final three performances 26 – 27 August

 

 

A Small Family Business

A Small Family Business

Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business, a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, returns to the National where it premiered in 1987.

What if all your in-laws are outlaws?

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

Well, that’s one down, isn’t it. Nine to go. Next! Thou shalt not kill. What about that then? Let’s have a crack at that one next, shall we?

"So I started on the story of a man, a good and honest man, who does something few of us would object to..." read Alan Ayckbourn's article in the Guardian about A Small Family Business

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Photo - original images by Oliver Prout

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