Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Performed by Alan Ayckbourn and Heather Stoney
Final mix by Paul Stear
A brand new audio play written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
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Sam and Milly are gathering the family together for their 25th wedding anniversary dinner at their favourite local bistro.
They’ll be joined there by Sam’s parents, Ben and Ella; his sister, Martha, and her new partner, Craig, and Martha’s son Raz. Also present – and she’s definitely caught Raz’s eye – is trainee restaurant manager Cinny. But Sam and Milly have some life-changing news to share.
As the family prepares for the big event, we catch a glimpse into each of their living rooms and lives. Every couple has their tough moments: ANNO DOMINO asks what happens when the strongest of us falls apart. How do our actions ripple out and affect those we love?
Alan Ayckbourn’s 84th play sees him return to acting, alongside his celebrated actor wife Heather Stoney, for the first time since 1964. Alan and Heather play no less than eight characters between them, ranging in age from 18 to mid-70s. Alan plays the roles of Ben, Craig, Raz and Sam. Heather plays Ella, Martha, Cinny, and Milly.
Based in Scarborough, England, Stephen Joseph Theatre (SJT) offers a unique, intimate experience in their renowned theatre-in-the-round as well as the more traditional end-on McCarthy theatre and cinema. They are home to first-class drama, music, films, comedy and live streaming and are known for their commitment to new writing, including Alan Ayckbourn’s 80+ world premieres.
We have an extensive and cross generational programme of OutReach work - with, in and for the local community, encouraging everyone to engage with the SJT through projects, courses, classes and work experience.
Read more at: https://www.sjt.uk.com/
"…another ingenious lockdown treat...A decent sum felt the least to be done in return for Sir Alan’s generosity to theatregoers during a career that continues to innovate and fascinate." - Mark Lawson, The Tablet
"satirical amusements set beside quietly held suffering… Chekhovian” - The Guardian
“…a bittersweet comedy, which shows the British middle class at its very worst… interesting characters and enough plot twists to keep an audience on its toes.” - British Theatre Guide
"in the middle of a global catastrophe, Ayckbourn’s world of marriage and manners and pure normality – a reminder of a particular kind of life and laughter – could hardly be more comforting.” - The Stage