By J.B. Priestley
Directed by Hugh Ross
With Steven Blakeley, Lisa Bowerman, Richenda Carey, Charlie Field, Derek Hutchinson, Annie Jackson, Emily Laing, Ed Pinker, Brian Protheroe, Hugh Sachs, and Carol Starks
The Roundabout is a delightful comedy by one of Britain's most prolific playwrights J.B. Priestley (Cornelius, Brits Off Broadway 2013), beloved for such classics as An Inspector Calls and Time and the Conways. First seen in 1933, this production is one of the first revivals to be staged.
The Kettlewells are a dysfunctional family. Richard is an old Etonian whose business ventures are failing. Over a crowded weekend, his daughter Pamela, whom he hardly knows, returns from Russia, a passionate communist; his ex-wife and mistress both turn up; and his butler has a big win at the races.
The Roundabout is funny, touching, highly perceptive look at an England in the 1930s, when it looked, just possibly, as if the social order might be changing.
Past productions include Starting Here, Starting Now, Snap, Sick Dictators (Jermyn St Theatre), The Translucent Frogs of Quuup (Edinburgh Festival, Ambassadors Theatre, King’s Head), Deco Diva (59E59 Theaters), The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber (National Tour), Don’t Call Me Nigel...an Evening with Graham Seed (Tour), Burton, Clown in the Moon (Edinburgh and St James Theatre), Dead Sheep (Park Theatre and National Tour), An Audience with Jimmy Savile (Park Theatre and Edinburgh), Wilde Without the Boy, Rape of Lucrece, The Man Called Monkhouse, Hurricane Michael (Edinburgh), The Roundabout (Park Theatre), Deny Deny Deny (Park Theatre), Ferris and Milnes (Ambassadors Theatre).
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"This sparkling, impeccably staged play will be catnip to Downton Abbey devotees, with equal doses of humor and insight." - The New York Times Critics' Pick!
"The direction is tone-perfect and the cast without exception excellent." - Let's Talk Off Broadway
"A delightful romp" - Theatrereviews.com
"Entertainingly sophisticated" - Wolf Entertainment
"First rate! Quite entertaining and provides an amusing look into one sector of a long gone world." - A Seat On The Aisle
"Highly enjoyable... one of the best writers of a well-made play" - British Theatre Guide
"Worthwhile unearthing of a rare, rueful society comedy by JB Priestley" - The Stage
★★★★ "A funny and perceptive look at English life in the 1930s" - London Theatre 1
★★★★ "Hugh Ross's elegant production of 'The Roundabout' is a period treat" - Theatre News
"Stylishly revived by Hugh Ross" - The Guardian