70th Anniversary: How the Other Half Loves

Presented by Rumpus Theatre Company

Written by Alan Ayckbourn

Show Dates, Times & Tickets

Tue 12 February 2019 to Sat 16 February 2019

At Pomegranate Theatre

Starts Evenings 7.30pm, Wed matinee 2pm, Sat matinee 3pm (Thu 7.30pm signed, Sat 3pm & 7.30pm audio described. A free touch tour is available at 6.30pm on Sat which can be booked by calling the box office..

Part of a season of seven plays to celebrate 70 years of the Pomegranate Theatre as a civic theatre.

Three couples, two dinner parties, one affair… Frank and Fiona are well-off, while Frank’s employee Bob and his wife Teresa are not, but Fiona is having an affair with Bob. When the two couples each invite another work colleague, William and his wife Mary, to dinner on consecutive evenings, we watch as the dinner parties play out simultaneously, with the hapless William and Mary caught hysterically between the warring twosomes. As Fiona and Bob desperately try to cover up their infidelity, accusations fly and tempers flare.

How the Other Half Loves is a fast-paced farce full of misunderstandings and mayhem. It is the play that secured Alan Ayckbourn’s place as one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights. Ayckbourn has written over 80 plays, scooping both Tony Awards and Olivier Awards for his work.

Approx. running time: 2 hours 15 mins (subject to change)

“Alan Ayckbourn’s vintage comedy… hilarious”  The Guardian

“Colourful and hilarious… lots of laughs… immaculate comic timing”
Derbyshire Times on Rumpus’ production of Absurd Person Singular

After the show on Thursday, join the cast in the bar for a game in the style of Give us A Clue

John Goodrum Programme Untitled 1 David Martin Programme
Anna Mitcham Prog Chris Sheridan Programme Susan Earnshaw Programme

This play is part of a special seven play repertory season which also includes:

Arsenic and Old Lace Tue 22 Jan - Sat 26 Jan
Billy Liar - Tue 29 - Sat 2 Feb
The Killing of Sister George - Tue 5 - Sat 9 Feb
An Evening with Gary Lineker - Tue 26 Feb - Sat 2 Mar
Anybody for Murder - Tue 5 - Sat 9 Mar
Don't Dress for Dinner - Tue 12 - Sat 16 Mar

Ticket Information

Full £22 per play
Concession £21 per play
Child £18 per play


When booking by phone, customers can get 7 plays for the price of 4. To redeem this offer, all tickets must be booked and paid for at the same time. Offer available until Saturday 26 Jan 2019.

Friends of the Pomegranate Theatre save 20% when booking over the phone and can use their discount in conjunction with the 7 for 4 offer. 

Group 10+ £20 (not valid with 7 for 4 offer)

Schools 10+ £17 (not valid with 7 for 4 offer)

Each ticket price advertised above includes a £1.20 booking fee. No matter how you book (online, phone, in person) or how you pay (cash, credit/debit card, voucher), the fee will always be the same.