The Bear Pit Theatre Company brings Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece, The Norman Conquests, to Stratford-upon-Avon with an ensemble cast of six actors, directed by Nicky Cox in The Bear Pit’s newly reconfigured 108 theatre-in-the-round.

The three interconnecting plays, Table Manners, Living Together and Round and Round the Garden, follow Norman, his in-laws and the local vet over a summer weekend in an English country house.

Norman is intent on making all the women in his life happy and takes every opportunity to seduce his sister-in-law Annie, charm his brother-in-law’s wife Sarah and woo his wife Ruth – embroiling everyone in the action along the way with both tragic and comic consequences.

On these award-winning plays, Ayckbourn focuses his inimitable, sharp, acerbic wit to reveal the secrets, lies and deception, which bubble beneath the surface of family relationships.

Just choose a perspective, the dining room (Table Manners), the living room (Living Together) or the garden (Round and Round the Garden) Or of course you can piece the puzzle together and get the whole picture by seeing all three in any order you like

Alan Ayckbourn is one of Britain’s most popular and prolific playwrights, with over 80 full-length plays to his name, which have been translated into more than 35 languages. These multi-award-winning plays include Absurd Person Singular, recently revived in the West End plus Just Between Ourselves, A Chorus of Disapproval, Woman in Mind and House & Garden to name but a few.

Bear Pit Associate Artist, Nicky Cox returns to The Bear Pit after assisting on a sell-out success of Tartuffe at the RSCs’ Swan Theatre. Nicky’s other recent productions at The Bear Pit include, The 39 Steps, One Man Two Guvnors & Brief Encounter. Nicky was also part of the directing team for the RSC’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A Play for the Nation.

Performance date: 

Table Manners: 20, 25, 26 February & 3, 7, 10, 13 March at 7:30pm, 14 March at 10:30am

Living Together: 21, 27, 28 February & 4, 11 March at 7:30pm. 7 March at 2:30pm. 14 March at 3pm

Round and Round the Garden: 22, 29 February & 5, 6, 12, 14 March at 7:30pm. 29 February at 2:30pm


Roger Ganner

Lily Skinner

Zoe Mortimer

Vicki Jamieson

Thomas Hodge

Andrew Lear

Please note: This performance is in-the-round and seating is unreserved.

Performance Dates
21 February - 14 March 2020
7:30pm (2:30pm on 29 February)

The Bear Pit Theatre

£14 (under 18s half price)

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