loading

020 7387 9373

Office hours are 9.30 am to 5.30 pm Monday to Friday

Life and Beth

Alan Ayckbourn

Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar (Rate this!)

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

3m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573112225

"Comic and touching …" - The Guardian

It's Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. Beth's sister-in-law Connie and son Martin have come to stay, determined to ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas, but between…

More Information Below:

Description | Characters | Media | Author | Now Playing | Reviews

Buy

This Acting Edition is available in a choice of sizes and formats. Learn more

£9.99
: Acting Edition
Usually dispatched in 2 business days
£11.50
: Spiralbound
Usually dispatched in 2 business days
£14.99
: Large
Usually dispatched in 2 business days

Perform

Minimum Fee: £67 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Learn more about licensing

Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set

It's Christmas, and Beth Timms is mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. Beth's sister-in-law Connie and son Martin have come to stay, determined to ensure that she should have a stress-free Christmas, but between Connie's drinking problem and Martin's unspeaking and emotionally volatile girlfriend Ella, their intentions prove to be short-lived.

Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with any comfort, but when he says a prayer for her bereavement he unwittingly summons Gordon's ghost to return to the family home. Gordon has been busy implementing health and safety measures in the afterlife and is now determined to stick around to help Beth manage her affairs. It soon becomes apparent, however, that his return is not altogether welcome.

"Comic and touching …" - The Guardian
Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Plus 1 male and 1 female voice

Videos
  • Alan Ayckbourn on Growing As a Dramatist

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Comparisons

  • Alan Ayckbourn on How to Approach His Plays

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Getting Started

  • Alan Ayckbourn on the Difference Between Then and Now

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Ideas

  • Alan Ayckbourn on Writing a Well Made Play

Author
Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 77 plays, and his work has been translated into over 35 languages, is performed on stage and television throughout the world, and has won countless awards. Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves ... view full profile

Now Playing
Loading
Producer
City
State
Opening
Closing
Reviews
Marilyn McVey 21/08/2015 13:49

You May Also Like

See all

Customers Also Bought

 
 
AVAILABLE IN YOUR CHOICE OF SIZE AND BINDING

Because we know every theatre maker and reader is different, we now offer a choice of formats to suit the way you work 
 

StandardSpiralboundLarge


STANDARD
Our regular paperback book at our regular size, perfect if you like to keep things classic



SPIRAL-BOUND
The same size as the Standard Edition, but with a sturdy, easy-to-fold, easy-to-hold, spiral-bound spine. Ideal for use in rehearsal

LARGE
A4 size and spiral-bound, with larger text and a blank page for notes opposite every page. Perfect for technical and directing use