Season's Greetings

(Premiere 2010)
DIRECTOR Marianne Elliott
DESIGNER Rae Smith
THEATRE COMPANY National Theatre
DESCRIPTION
Ostensibly a comedy, there's actually more to 'Season's Greetings' than simply creating humorous situations. Simmering under the surface, and sometimes boiling over it, are tensions which are significantly darker than the merriness we'd like to think of as the hallmark of the season. The play is set over three days from Christmas Eve to Boxing Day, and is notable because of its absence of children in the cast. In fact, this device actually turns out to be highly effective because what we're witnessing are adults more or less acting like children.
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Country: United Kingdom

Runtime: 155 min

CAST (ACTORS | DANCERS | SINGERS)

Jenna Russell | Phyllis
Actor
Simon Markey | Understudy - Neville, Bernard
Actor
Colin Haigh | Understudy - Harvey
Actor
Oliver Chris | Clive
Actor
Catherine Tate | Belinda
Actor
Mark Gatiss | Bernard
Actor
Actor
David Troughton | Harvey
Actor
Nicola Walker | Rachel
Actor
Lucas Hare | Understudy - Clive, Eddie
Actor
Deborah Winckles | Understudy - Belinda, Phyllis
Actor
Neil Stuke | Neville Bunker
Actor
Marc Wootton | Eddie
Actor
Katie Scarfe | Understudy - Pattie, Rachel
Actor

Creatives

Director | Marianne Elliott
Playwright | Alan Ayckbourn
Designer | Rae Smith
Lighting Designer | Bruno Poet
Sound Designer | Ian Dickinson
Fight Director | Kate Waters
Music | Stephen Warbeck
Casting Director | Alastair Coomer CDG
Assistant Designer | Aaron Marsden
Assistant Designer | Suzy Morgan
Assistant Lighting Designer | Tom Snell
Photographer | Catherine Ashmore
Company Voice Work | Jeannette Nelson
Digital Art | Tim Blazdell

Production

Stage Manager | Emma B Lloyd
Deputy Production Manager | Jasmine Sandalli
Production Manager | Igor
Deputy Stage Manager | Shane Thom
Assistant Stage Manager | Neil Mickel
Project Draughting | Nick Murray
Staff Director | Adam Penford
Costume Supervisor | Sarah Bowern
Prop Supervisor | Eleanor Constable

PHOTOS

THEATRES

National Theatre, London, 01/12/2010 - 13/03/2011

THEATRE COMPANIES

REVIEWS

'Ostensibly a comedy, there's actually more to 'Season's Greetings' than simply creating humorous situations. '
'Ostensibly a comedy, there's actually more to 'Season's Greetings' than simply creating humorous situations.'
'Hilarious and sometimes genuinely harrowing revival.'
'Although Marianne Elliott's production has its moments, it never quite achieves the painful delirium of classic Ayckbourn revivals.'
'There have been 10 Alan Ayckbourn plays on the South Bank, but none finer than this mordantly hilarious Christmas farce, a 30-year-old classic of drunken disasters and misrouted passions round the tr ...

STORYLINE

If you wanted to contrive a vehicle for stirring up stress, aggravation, sibling rivalry, drunkenness, lechery and much else besides, you could hardly do worse than opt for a family Christmas. Yet, every year, millions of us repeat the same well-trodden process of assembling families for a 2 or 3 day festive celebration, that frequently turns out to be disastrous. And that's exactly what Alan Ayckbourn's 1980 play is all about – a family Christmas peppered with tensions fuelled by drink and the stress created when people with little else in common but their biological origins face confinement together.