The next production from the current National Theatre Live season is from acclaimed British playwright Alan Ayckbourn. A Small Family Business will release on Cinema Nouveau’s digital screens in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town and at Ster-Kinekor Blue Route in Tokai, Cape Town from Saturday, 12 July, for four screenings only.
What if all your in-laws are outlaws?
A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed, Alan Ayckbourn’s A Small Family Business premiered at the National Theatre in 1987, winning the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play. Directed by Adam Penford, the cast is led by Nigel Lindsay as Jack McCracken, supported by a talented cast that includes Matthew Cottle, Debra Gillett, Gawn Grainger, Amanda Hadingue, Amy Marston, Gerard Monaco, Samuel Taylor and Niky Wardley.
Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business, he is approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity starts to fade as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over as the comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.
Nigel Lindsay’s television and film credits include Poirot, Gifted, The Tunnel, The Fear, Rogue Trader, Rome, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Chris Morris’s Four Lions. He recently appeared as Bolingbroke in Richard II alongside David Tennant at the RSC (screened in South Africa earlier this year), and in the title role of Shrek The Musical (West End). He has previously appeared at the National in The Pillowman, The London Cuckolds, Blue Remembered Hills and Dealer’s Choice.
Adam Penford is the associate director and choreographer for the National’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors (West End, Broadway, UK and international tour), and was associate director on the NT’s anniversary performance Live from the National Theatre: 50 Years on Stage.
Previous plays by Alan Ayckbourn to have been produced at the National are Bedroom Farce, Way Upstream, A Chorus of Disapproval, House/Garden, Sisterly Feelings, A Small Family Business, Season’s Greetings, Mr A’s Amazing Maze Plays and Invisible Friends.
A Small Family Business releases on South African screens on Saturday, 12 July, for four screenings only – on 12, 16 and 17 July at 19:30 and on 13 July at 14:30 – at Cinema Nouveau theatres in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town, and at Ster-Kinekor Blue Route Mall in Tokai. Bookings are now open, and the running time of this production is 2hrs, 40mins (including a 20-minute interval).
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