Alan Ayckbourn's Absent Friends (1974)
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World Premiere: 17 June 1974
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough
London Premiere: 23 July 1975
Venue: Garrick Theatre
New York Premiere: 29 January 1991
Venue: City Centre Stage
Play Number: 16
Published: Samuel French
Other Media: Television; radio
Short Synopsis: The first Ayckbourn play to be set in 'real' time. A tea-party has been arranged for the recently bereaved Colin by 'friends' and acquaintances. However, Colin's acceptance of his situation and of his fulfilling time with his fiancée only serves to highlight and widen the rifts in the other relationships.
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