All alone, high up in an isolated, derelict suburban tower block, avant-garde composer Jerome struggles vainly to complete his life's masterwork about love.

With the help of a deranged android childminder, Jerome hatches a cunning plan to retrieve his source of artistic inspiration, his beloved daughter Geain, from her mother, his hostile estranged ex-wife.

But the best laid plans of men and mechanical women...

A new revival directed by the author, Alan Ayckbourn's classic comedy was first produced in Scarborough in 1987 and subsequently at the Vaudeville Theatre, London in 1988 starring Ian McKellen and Jane Asher, where it won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award.

This new revival, directed by the author, stars Bill Champion, Andy Cryer, Nigel Hastings , Jessie Hart, Velvet Hebditch, Jacqueline King and Laura Matthews.


“Darkly funny… Playful, multidimensional performances from all lighten dark themes with laughter.”
The Observer
“Alan Ayckbourn's sci-fi hit still feels eerily prescient.”
The Daily Telegraph
“Its wistful tone is as strong as ever.”
The Guardian
“Ayckbourn's cast brings out the abiding human foibles that feed the humour in the unpredictable encounters…
The Press (York)
“It’s a gem, and the fact that it’s still pertinent nearly 30 years on makes it all the more impressive.”
The Northern Echo
“This is Alan Ayckbourn at his darkest. The laughs are there, but the exposure of human weakness is merciless.”
The Scarborough News
“An unsettling and thought-provoking take on the Pygmalion myth… an enjoyable evening at the theatre, combining moments of high comedy with sci-fi flourishes and knotty moral issues.”
British Theatre Guide
“An evening full of stimulating ideas and talking points…”


Most suitable for ages: 12 plus

Presented by Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre

Written & directed by Alan Ayckbourn

Sponsored at the Yvonne Arnaud by Investec


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From £21.00 - £32.50

Ticket prices include £1 Restoration Levy and £1 Booking Fee

Please note that Band D tickets may offer a restricted view. Please contact the Box Office for details.

Running times

Act 1 80mins

Interval 20mins

Act 2 65mins


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