A THEATRE has announced the world premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's production 'All Lies'. 

The premiere will take place at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, opening on Thursday, May 5 till Saturday, May 21 2022 and directed by Alan Ayckbourn. 

This is a rare opportunity to see a world premiere of an Alan Ayckbourn production outside of Scarborough for the first time in 35 years.

The play features a cast of three, who are largely kept separate during the play until a final scene bringing the two lovers together.

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Luke Dayhill plays the role of Sebastian Goodfellow, Saskia Strallen plays Posy Capstick and Rhiannon Neads plays Sonia Goodfellow.

The Westmorland Gazette:

All Lies was inspired by the rise of 'fake news' and how people lie about themselves. Alan was intrigued about how we occasionally lie, not out of malice but to impress someone else, particularly at the start of a relationship.

Intrigued but realising that the concept would not stand up in the modern-day when we can instantly check a lie through the internet, he decided to set the play during the 1950s when he was a teenager.

On what inspired Alan Ayckbourn to write All Lies, he said “With all this business about fake news and people with various versions of the truth, it struck me that a play was due where people with the best will in the world told lies about themselves.

"It occurred to me then that most of us did this in the very early stages of our relationships, mainly to bolster our claim for the one we are attracted to’s heart, as it were. Increasing our possible credentials for their affections.”

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Alan has a close association with The Old Laundry Theatre, he said: "My heart is with theatres of this size. They are on a scale I always equate with my strong feelings for the first two homes in Scarborough: The Library Theatre and the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round or Westwood as we knew it.

"I’m very invested in The Old Laundry and it is very close to the way we were at Westwood."

For tickets visit the Old Laundry website.