Classic Comedy

Relatively Speaking



15 September -
9 October 2021


“I think there might have been a certain amount of misunderstanding.”

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 play that made Alan Ayckbourn’s name in 1967 is an enduringly funny comedy of mistaken identities and excruciating misunderstandings.

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.

A Mill at Sonning production.


Socially Distanced performances

We are running socially distanced performances on Mondays for audiences who prefer some additional space.
Mon 27 Sep; 4 Oct, 7.30pm



Christopher Bonwell
Christopher has performed at Theatre Royal Bath, Theatre Royal Haymarket and is a main character in BAFTA award winning video game Divinity II Original Sin.
Rachel Fielding
Rachel has been seen onstage at the NT, Donmar Warehouse, Royal Exchange and in numerous productions at The Mill at Sonning.
Lianne Harvey
Lianne performed in the UK and USA tour of An Inspector Calls, and has performed with Eastern Angles and Handlebards.
James Simmons
James starred as Kipps in The Woman in Black and Scar in The Lion King in the West End. He has been seen in BBC's Silent Witness and Eastenders.

Alan Ayckbourn
Robin Herford
Michael Holt
Set design
Natalie Titchener
Costume design


“A beautifully constructed and very funny comedy.”
Noël Coward

Praise for "Relatively Speaking"
“A brilliant theatrical construct ... Ayckbourn is as funny as any of the classic comedy writers.”
The Guardian

Praise for "Relatively Speaking"
“A brilliantly witty comedy tinged with a touch of Ayckbourn's characteristic darkness.”
The Daily Telegraph

Praise for "Relatively Speaking"