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Seasons Greetings

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  • Booking From:
  • 12-Jan-2010
  • Booking Until:
  • 13-Mar-2011
  • Running Time:
  • 2 Hours 35 Mins
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Seasons Greetings Tickets

Lyttelton Theatre, The South Bank, London SE1 9PX

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Alan Ayckbourn's masterly Season's Greetings offers a seriously entertaining look at the misery and high jinks of an average family Christmas. Now we don’t want to start Christmas like this, do we? Cheating at snakes and ladders, fighting over comic books, a bungled infidelity beneath the tree. Christmas has arrived in the Bunker household along with family and friends. But as the children lurk just out of sight, it’s the adults who are letting the side down. I couldn’t. Not in our sitting-room. Not in front of the television. Somewhere else. Presiding over the festivities are two warring uncles, one a kindly, incompetent doctor with an interminable puppet show to perform; the other a bullying retired security guard who dominates the TV, brings toy guns for his nieces and determines there’s a thief in their midst. Three times I caught him at it. Ripping open presents, helping himself to the contents
Evenings: various
Theatre Venue: Lyttelton Theatre
Address: Denman Street, London W1D 7DY
Seating Plan: Seating Plan
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The Lyttelton - named after Oliver Lyttelton, Viscount Chandos, whose parents were among the earliest effective campaigners for the National Theatre and who was himself its first chairman - is a proscenium theatre, conventional in its basic shape though not in the excellence of its sightlines and acoustics.

There are no eye-blocking pillars, circle rails, or other familiar hazards and you can see and hear almost equally well from each of its 890 seats. Unlike most traditional theatres, the Lyttelton has an adjustable proscenium. You can make it into an open-end stage; add a forestage; or create an orchestra pit for up to 20 musicians. No seat is further away, here, from the actor's point of command than the distance from the front row of the dress circle in many older, larger theatres.

Music:Stephen Warbeck
Author:Alan Ayckbourn
Director:Marianne Elliot