Enjoy

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Previewed 27 January 2009, Opened 2 February 2009, Closed 16 May 2009 at the Gielgud Theatre in London

A major revival of Alan Bennett's 1980 comedy Enjoy in London starring Alison Steadman and David Troughton.

Enjoy is set in Leeds where an ageing couple is living one of the city's last back-to-backs. With the demolition of the area in progress, Wilf and Connie are soon to be re-housed in a brand new maisonette with a waste disposal unit and nonslip vinyl flooring! When a sociologist comes to observe them in their daily life, normality takes a decidedly a typical turn.

The cat for Enjoy in London features Alison Steadman and David Troughton with Josie Walker, Richard Glaves and Carol Macready. Directed by Christopher Luscombe with designs by Janet Bird, lighting by Paul Pyant and sound by Jason Barnes. This production transfers to London's West End following a season at the Theatre Royal Bath last year. Alison Steadman's West End stage credits include Shelagh Stephenson's comedy Memory of Water at the Vaudeville Theatre in 1999.

"Alan Bennett is, among other things, the beady-eyed poet of the northern lower middle class, and this play is a hilarious requiem for its passing away... The writing is brilliant: lyrical, obscene, funny. Christopher Luscombe directs with an impeccable sense of pace and humour, both the dirty and the melancholy kind. David Troughton and Alison Steadman give masterful performances of high and low comedy: you end up liking the unlikeable." The Sunday Times

"When Alan Bennett's Enjoy opened in 1980 it was a terrific flop. Failing to rise to the challenge of its title, the critics duly hated it. Today it's hard to see quite why, judging from the gales of laughter generated by Christopher Luscombe's fruity revival. This is Bennett at his least cosy, and he is all the better for it. He has smuggled a good-riddance letter to his hometown of Leeds into a bleak farce set in a condemned back-to-back house where even the ducks on the wall seem to have had trouble taking off. Alison Steadman is fabulous as the foggy-brained housewife Connie, while glowering in the corner is 'Dad' - played by a marvellously grouchy David Troughton - who dreams of moving to a maisonette and growing tomatoes." The Mail on Sunday

Enjoy at the Gielgud Theatre in London previewed from 27 January 2009, opened on 2 February 2009 and closed on 16 May 2009.