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An Oldham Coliseum Theatre production
Relatively Speaking

A brand new version of Ayckbourn’s first play and West End hit, which launched him to fame, establishing him as one of the UK’s most performed playwrights.

This comedy of misunderstanding involves two couples, one young and co-habiting and one older, married and fraught.

When inexperienced Greg finds a pair of strange slippers under the bed, he decides to follow his girlfriend, thinking she is visiting her parents. What follows is classic Ayckbourn, a hilarious combination of twists, turns and confusion, plus a smattering of infidelity.

Robin Herford, whose long line of productions for the Coliseum include: Gaslight; Boeing Boeing; Bedroom Farce; Sugar Daddies; Taking Steps; Private Lives and Blithe Spirit, is at the helm. Robin spent his early career working with Alan Ayckbourn at The Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough and also directed the hugely successful The Woman In Black.

Did you know?
That an appearance in the West End premiere of Relatively Speaking kick-started the career of a very young actor by the name of Richard Briers.

Running Time:
2hrs 17min (includes 20 minute interval)

Save Money with a Coliseum Season Ticket
This production is part of the Coliseum's season ticket offer - Four plays for just £68 or less. Contact the Box Office for more information on 0161 624 2829.

Full price: £16 - £23
Concessions: £16 – £21
Get In! Under 26/NUS: £7 (limited tickets available)

Concessionary rates are available to retired patrons over 65, full-time students, and registered unemployed people. Proof of ID is required when buying or picking up tickets. Only one discount per ticket.

If you have specific access requirements please contact the Box Office directly on 0161 624 2829 or at to discuss your visit to the Coliseum.

Group Discounts
Groups of 10+ get £3 off full price evening ticket (£20.50)

Groups of 25+ get £5 off full price evening ticket (£18.50) with free programme for organiser

Audio Described Performance
Saturday 28 April, 2.30pm

BSL Performance
Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm

Meet the Cast
Thursday 3 May

Saver Performance
Saturday 21 April, 7.30pm

Part of the Season Ticket Deal

Production Information:

Directed by Robin Herford

Designed by Michael Holt

Lighting Designer Stewart Bartles

Sound Designer Lorna Munden

Written by Alan Ayckbourn

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"A masterclass in comic misunderstanding played with pitch-perfect precision" - The Stage

"A very entertaining night out at the Coliseum" - Manchester Theatre Awards

"Perfectly pitched performances in a very entertaining production" - British Theatre Guide


Matt Connor
Lianne Harvey
Crispin Letts
Jo Mousley