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Family Album

The world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's 87th new play.

2 September - 1 October

From £10

The Round

1hr 50mins (including interval)


"Now we’re leaving… all the skeletons are suddenly jumping out of their cupboards."

A moving-in day, 1952.
A birthday party, 1992.
A moving-out day, 2022.

Join RAF veteran John and housewife Peggy as they proudly move into the first home they can really call their own; daughter Sandra, frantically negotiating the challenges of a 10-year-old’s birthday party without her AWOL husband; and grandaughter Alison, finally escaping the house she has somewhat unwillingly inherited.

Alan Ayckbourn’s new play tenderly chronicles the trials, tribulations and temptations of three generations of one family across 70 years in the same home.


"A masterly production"
The Observer

“The cast of five are outstanding”
The Yorkshire Post

“Tenderly written, ingeniously constructed family drama about how the past informs the present”
The Stage

The Reviews Hub

“Entertaining and powerful”

“Ayckbourn’s deft and light touch takes you deviously into darker reaches of the soul”
Scarborough Evening News

“A theatrically playful snapshot of 70 years of social flux, all witnessed by this one perceptive playwright”
The Guardian

“Witty, well-acted”
The Times

Running time

First half: 45 minutes
Interval: 20 minutes
Second half: 45 minutes

The play will finish around 9.20pm.

Socially Distanced Performances

We understand that some audience members may feel more comfortable attending a performance with more space between themselves and other audience members, so we are pleased to offer a selection of socially distanced performances across the run of Family Album. These are:

Mon 5 Sep, 7.30pm | Tue 13 Sep, 7.30pm | Thu 22 Sep, 1.30pm | Sat 24 Sep, 2.30pm | Wed 28 Sep, 7.30pm

Access Performances

Dementia Friendly (with captions): Thu 22 Sep, 1.30pm

Captioned: Thu 22 Sep, 7.30pm

BSL Signed and Audio Described: Sat 24 Sep, 2.30pm

Post-show Q&A: Wed 7 Sep, 7.30pm

Age guidance: 12+


A new play written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Design by Kevin Jenkins

Lighting Design by Jason Taylor

Sound Design by Alan Ayckbourn

Associate Sound Design by Paul Stear

Casting by Sarah Hughes CDG




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1st October


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What are your Ts & Cs?

Re-sales & exchanges: We must have the ticket at the Box Office in order to perform a re-sale or exchange. We regret we cannot refund money but four or more days prior to the performance we will exchange it for an alternative performance, within three days of the performance we will attempt to re-sell the ticket on your behalf. Both services are subject to a charge of £1.50 per ticket. Latecomers: Anyone arriving once the performance has begun will not be admitted until a suitable break which, on occasion, may be the interval. Content: Where possible we do indicate if strong language and/or adult content is used. Customers are advised to contact the Box Office with any concerns before booking tickets. Please note: the re-sale of tickets is prohibited.

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