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Relatively Speaking - The Mill At Sonning

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

A NEW production of Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking runs at The Mill At Sonning for eight weeks – from February 27 to April 18, 2020.

A comedy of mistaken identities and excruciating misunderstandings, it was Ayckbourn’s first great West End success and turned him into a household name.

Greg only met Ginny a month ago, but he knows they’re meant for each other. When she announces that she’s going to visit her parents, Greg decides this is the moment to ask her father for his daughter’s hand.

Discovering a scribbled address, he follows her to Buckinghamshire where he finds Philip and Sheila enjoying a peaceful Sunday morning breakfast in the garden, but the only thing is – they’re not Ginny’s parents!

The cast includes Christopher Bonwell (the UK tour of John Osbourne’s The Entertainer) as Greg; Rachel Fielding (Arcadia, Royal National Theatre and Love Loss and What I Wore and Father of the Bride, The Mill at Sonning) as Sheila; Lianne Harvey (An Inspector Calls, UK and USA Tour) as Ginny; and James Simmons, who played Scar for three years in the West End production of The Lion King and starred in The Woman in Black, as Philip.

Christopher Bonwell, Rachel Fielding, Lianne Harvey and James Simmons

Relatively Speaking is directed by Robin Herford and has set design by Michael Holt and costume design by Natalie Titchener.

Alan Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright whose work has been translated into 35 languages. Knighted in 1997, he is the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Robin Herford has a long association with Ayckbourn’s work, and was Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough. He directed The Woman in Black, which has run for 30 years in the West End.

To book tickets, call the box office on 0118 969 8000 or visit All tickets include a two-course meal with coffee, programme on your table and the show.

Relatively Speaking will transfer to Jermyn Street Theatre, where it will run from April 21 to May 16, 2020.