Relatively Speaking: comedy of errors to play Garrick Theatre


Rhett Clarke, Jennifer McGrath and Rodney van Groningen star in Relatively Speaking.
Rhett Clarke, Jennifer McGrath and Rodney van Groningen star in Relatively Speaking.

WEST End hit Relatively Speaking, by award-winning English playwright Alan Ayckbourn, opens at the Garrick Theatre in Guildford this month with a local cast directed by Ken Harris.

It’s the quintessential comedy of mistaken identities.

Ginny, played by Jennifer McGrath, is having an affair with her married boss Philip, played by Midvale resident Rodney van Groningen.

She lives with her naive, young boyfriend Greg, played by Rhett Clarke, who is increasingly suspicious that something’s not right.

When Ginny says she is going to visit her parents one Sunday afternoon, Greg is not convinced and decides to secretly follow her.

Ginny, however, is off to break up with her married lover, leaving Greg mistaking him and his unhappy wife Sheila (Woodbridge resident Michele Acott) for her parents.

There’s plenty of laughter in marital misery, which sees the characters waver between misunderstanding and painful truth.

“We’ve certainly all had an encounter with a person who knows us but we don’t quite know them, or vice versa, and the play takes this dilemma a step further with hilarious consequences,” Harris said.

“I was particularly drawn to Ayckbourn’s clever use of dialogue, which allows each of the characters to back out of a sticky situation with at least some dignity.”

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