An Octagon Theatre Bolton, Theatre by the Lake and Stephen Joseph Theatre production
By Laura Wade
Directed by Liz Stevenson

Homemade cakes, dinner time cocktails and vintage clothing sparkle in this award-winning comedy where one couple’s fantasy has perhaps gone a little too far?!

Judy and Johnny seem to be the perfect couple – quite sickeningly happy, in fact. Sweet peas in the garden; homemade lemon curd in the kitchen; marital bliss in the bedroom.

But is their happily married life everything it seems? What happens when things begin to unravel; after all, the perfection of a 1950s domestic goddess is difficult to live up to in a 21st century world.

Discover how nostalgia ain’t what it used to be in Laura Wade’s brilliantly funny Olivier Award winning comedy.

We are continuing to follow the latest government advice, so that audiences can visit the Octagon safely and confidently this autumn. This includes the option of socially distanced performances and flexible ticket exchanges. Find out more about our latest Covid-secure measures here.

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From £15


Vicky Binns

Vicky Binns

Sandy Foster

Sandy Foster

Sam Jenkins-Shaw

Sam Jenkins-Shaw

Tom Kanji

Tom Kanji

Sophie Mercell

Sophie Mercell

Susan Twist

Susan Twist


Creative Team

Liz Stevenson


Helen Coyston


Zoe Spurr

Lighting Designer

Alexandra Faye Braithwaite

Sound Designer & Composer

Chi San Howard

Movement Director

“The staging is brilliant, the acting first class and the play rich.”

The Yorkshire Post

“exuberant satirical comedy”

The Reviews Hub

“full of vivacity, energy and brilliance”

Theatre Weekly

This production is being sold with some shows at full capacity and some shows with social distancing in the auditorium for those who would prefer.

Show accessible performances only