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Robert Daws leads the cast of Alan Ayckbourn's Ten Times Table on tour

Robert Daws

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TEN Times Table, written by multi-award-winning writer Alan Ayckbourn, is to embark on a nationwide tour opening at the Theatre Royal Windsor on October 8, 2019.

Ten Times Table is the inaugural production of The Classic Comedy Theatre Company, produced by Bill Kenwright and his team behind The Agatha Christie, The Classic Thriller and The Classic Screen To Stage theatre companies.

Between them, these companies have enjoyed over 15 years of theatrical success across the UK.

In the long-since ‘grand’ ballroom of the local Swan Hotel, a most miscellaneous assemblage gathers to conduct the business of the Pendon Folk Festival, led by excitable chairman Ray. Unfortunately, for Ray, his calamitous committee quickly divides, as his wife Helen has a bone to pick…

Add a Marxist schoolteacher, a military dog-breeder and an octogenarian secretary, and the table is set for one of Ayckbourn’s most hilarious plays.

The star cast is led by TV and stage actor Robert Daws (as Ray), who is well known for his role as Dr. Gordon Ormerod in The Royal as well as his time in other hit shows such as Poldark, Outside Edge and Roger Roger.

Deborah Grant

Joining him is Deborah Grant (Helen), best known for playing Wendy in Not Going Out and Deborah Bergerac in Bergerac.

Emmerdale and Holby City star Gemma Oaten (Sophie) is joined by Robert Duncan (Lawrence) of Drop The Dead Donkey fame and theatre veteran Mark Curry (Donald), well known for his appearances in Hollyoaks and as Kevin in Last Of The Summer Wine.

Craig Gazey (Eric), famous for his portrayal of Graeme Proctor in Coronation Street completes the cast, alongside Elizabeth Power (Audrey) known for playing Christine Hewitt in EastEnders.

The production is directed by Robin Herford known for his work on the West End hit The Woman In Black, with lighting design by Jason Taylor, sound by Dan Shepard, and set and costume design by Michael Holt.

Following the Windsor dates (October 8 – 19), Ten Times Table will tour to Sheffield Lyceum Theatre (October 21 – 26), Southport Theatre (October 28 – 31), Newcastle Theatre Royal (November 4 – 9), Malvern Festival Theatre (November 11 – 16), Eastbourne Devonshire Park Theatre (November 18 – 23), Guildford Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (November 25 – 30) and Bath Theatre Royal (December 2 – 7, 2019).