This tightly written comedy was originally on Broadway in 1975 and revived there by the Old Vic in 2009, when it won the Tony for Best Revival.
Table Manners is the first in Ayckbourn’s trilogy The Norman Conquests, but each play stands on its own. Ayckbourn has a sharp eye for the dysfunctional family putting themselves into inescapably hilarious situations.
In this case, Norman has arranged for a potentially romantic weekend off alone with his unmarried sister-in-law, Annie. But plans fall totally apart when the rest of the family, including Norman’s wife and Annie’s gentleman friend, descend on Annie’s home.
“Delivers more laughs than ought to be legal”