"Timelessly solid"

"A comic master"
-The Guardian-

"Sufficiently timeless"
-The Daily Mail-

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About the show

Following huge success during its previous West End run, Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy classic extended for another 3 months, moving to the Duke of York’s Theatre, giving audiences another opportunity to find out what fans and critics alike have been loving about this hilarious comedy.

How the Other Half Loves follows three couples caught in the midst of a tangled love affair, through two doomed dinner parties. As Bob and Fiona awkwardly attempt to hide their liaisons, Mary and William Featherstone become stuck in the middle and wrongly accused of being involved in the affair. As the hilarity crescendos in two disastrous dinner parties, all the couples’ relationships begin to look a bit precarious.

How The Other Half Loves brings an all-star cast of theatre favourites to the West End stage, including Olivier Award nominated Nicholas Le Prevost (Man and Superman), Jenny Seagrove (Fallen Angels, Absurd Person Singular), Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders, Hotel Babylon), Jason Merrells (Lark Rise to Candleford, Cutting It), Matthew Cottle (Game On, A Small Family Business) and Gillian Wright (EastEnders).

Alan Ayckbourn is one of Britain’s most loved playwrights and a master of comedy, with the original production of How The Other Half Loves having opened in London in 1970 and running for a huge 869 shows. Ayckbourn is also the first British playwright to win both Tony and Olivier Special Lifetime Achievement Awards and was knighted in 1997.

This new production of his work is directed by long-time collaborator Alan Strachan, and opened at the Theatre Royal Haymarket to great critical success, before transferring over to the Duke of York’s Theatre, with shows having began there on the 7th July 2016, which then ran through to 1st October.

Who Should See It?

How The Other Half Loves is seen as one of Ayckbourn’s greatest and funniest comedies. With this highly acclaimed production having an extension at the Duke of York’s Theatre, this is the perfect opportunity for West End comedy fans to sink their teeth into this classic.

Playing at

Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
Seating Plan

Duke of York's Theatre seating plan

Booking period

7th Jul 2016

20th Feb 2020

1st Oct 2016

Running time

2 hours 30 minutes


Suitable for all ages.