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Constant Companions

In his 89th play, Alan Ayckbourn weaves together the stories of highflying lawyer Lorraine, lonely bachelor Don and technician Winston with characteristic humour and compassion.

7 September - 7 October

From £10

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2h 35m (including interval)


Lorraine's a fabulously successful lawyer of a certain age. JAN60 is the janitor of her building, an android of indeterminate age. In a not-too-distant future where humans have turned to artificial friends for companionship without compromise, can Lorraine and Jan find true love?

In Constant Companions, Alan Ayckbourn weaves together their stories and those of lonely bachelor Don, technician Winston, PA Sylvia and android maid ED with characteristic humour and compassion.

Alan Ayckbourn's one of the UK’s most successful playwrights. Constant Companions is his 89th play – most of them have premiered here at the SJT. Inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, he became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. 


"Like all good science fiction, Constant Companions is less about the future than the present and, in his jokes about machine logic and human contrariness, and behind his speculation about a robot class outliving the species that created it, Ayckbourn asks his deepest questions about human companionship and sexual desire." ★★★★ The Guardian

"Genius...highly amusing." ★★★★ Daily Mail

"Spot-on comic timing." ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

"Hilarious" ★★★★ The Yorkshire Post

"Smart, funny, speculative sci-fi comedy.” - The Stage

"Prophetic, profound and pertinent." The Scarborough News

"Alan Ayckbourn continues to be one of our most ambitious and engaging playwrights...Plenty of laughs, but also much to think about." The Yorkshire Times

Monday - Saturday, 7.30pm | Matinees on most Thursdays and Saturdays

Socially distanced performance: Monday 11 September, 7.30pm

Post-show Q&A: Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm. Hosted by Alan's archivist, Simon Murgatroyd.

Accessible performances

  • Dementia-friendly & captioned: Thursday 28 September, 1.30pm 

  • Captioned: Thursday 28 September, 7.30pm

  • BSL interpreted & audio-described: Saturday 30 September, 2.30pm (BSL trailer here)

Age guidance: 12+

Ayckbourn fan? Don't miss the staged reading of Truth Will Out, originally scheduled for 2020.


Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Set & Costume Design: Kevin Jenkins

Lighting Design: Tigger Johnson

Associate Sound Designer: Ernest Acquah

Casting Director: Sarah Hughes CDG

Wardrobe Supervisor: Julia Perry-Mook

Scenic Artist: Rich Marr


Georgia Burnell

Andy Cryer

Tanya-Loretta Dee

Alexandra Mathie

Naomi Petersen

Richard Stacey

Leigh Symonds




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