Time of My Life at Lewes Theatre

Lewes Theatre is presenting Time of My Life from July 19 to 26.

Director Gini Comyns has put together a fine cast for the play by Alan Ayckbourn.

It reached the West End in August 1993, and The Times said: “Time of My Life is funny, very funny, and not at all funny: quintessentially Ayckbourn.”

Gerry Stratton has organised a small family dinner with his sons Glyn and Adam at his favourite restaurant to celebrate his wife Laura’s 54th birthday.

Glyn is with his long-suffering wife Stephanie and their marriage looks to be on firmer ground than it once was. Adam has brought along his new girlfriend Maureen, an outrageous hairdresser, and they are both eager to impress.

The occasion suggests a happy domestic scene but gradually the audience is made aware of the family skeletons. Glyn’s unfaithfulness knows no bounds, the once-thriving family transport business has been badly hit by the recession and Laura has been unfaithful to her husband.

Glyn’s story moves forward in time and Adam’s backwards, while at the centre Gerry and Laura pick their marriage apart and recall first love.

Evening performances are at 7.45pm, except Sunday, with an additional matinee performance on Saturday, July 26 at 2.45pm. The Box Office (01273 474826) will be open daily except Sunday from Monday, July 7, to Julky 26, 10.30am-12noon and 7-7.30pm.

The cast includes Chrys Tarr, Lindsey Holledge, James Firth-Haydon, Ken Collins and Adrian Bowd, while a new young actor, Jack Bowman, makes his debut at Lewes.