Main House Felicity Kendal

The Argument

by William Boyd, directed by Christopher Luscombe
  • 7 - 24 August
The Argument

Event Information

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Press Night: Wednesday 14 August 7pm

Please note, this production has a strict latecomers policy, and no latecomers will be admitted to the Stalls or Royal Circle

There is no interval in this production.

Running time: 1 hour 15 minutes

No performance info available

★★★★  “A dark and waspish comedy of bad manners… Felicity Kendal heads a fine cast” The Stage

“Sprinkled with Boyd’s exemplary wit and verbal dexterity… Christopher Luscombe directs an impeccable cast” British Theatre Guide

“There can be no ‘argument’ that Boyd and Luscombe have nailed a thoroughly amusing exploration of family and marital politics… I defy anyone not to find something familiarly rib-tickling therein” The Arbuturian

“A comic masterclass… immaculately constructed” Wiltshire Times

“Brilliantly convincing action with a super set… the Theatre Royal seem to have another winner on their hands” Western Daily Press

It was supposed to be a fun night out at the cinema for Meredith and Pip. But Meredith hated the film and Pip didn’t.  Now it’s turned into an argument – the perfect opportunity to share their differences.

With their marriage at breaking point, they turn to their respective friends, Jane and Tony. But maybe Jane likes Pip a little too much and maybe Tony doesn’t like Meredith enough.

After thirty six years of marriage, surely Meredith’s parents Chloe and Frank, can advise. But maybe they don’t like any of them or each other. Will the argument tear them all apart?

Best-selling novelist and screenwriter William Boyd’s darkly funny play is a blistering look at the complexities of human relationships and how arguments can provide a catalyst for brutal honesty.

One of the UK’s best-loved actresses, Felicity Kendal plays the role of Chloe. Having shot to fame in The Good Life, Felicity Kendal has won numerous awards for her stage work. Recent visits to Bath have included Relatively Speaking, Hay Fever and A Room with a View.

Rupert Vansittart is best known as Lord Ashfordly in Heartbeat and Lord Yohn Royce in Game of Thrones, and he recently played Charles Lawton in Gentleman Jack.

Alice Orr-Ewing‘s films include The Theory of Everything, Mr. Turner and Atonement, and A Very English Scandal and Endeavour on TV.

Simon Harrison is best known as DCI Ronnie Box in Endeavour. His other credits include Everest, Grantchester and Humans.

Esh Alladi is Tony. His recent credits include Absolute Hell for the National Theatre, ITV’s A Confession and the upcoming film Normal People.

Playing Jane is Sarah Earnshaw whose credits include Wicked, Spamalot and Scrooge in the West End and Maggie Winters in Casualty.

William Boyd’s multi award-winning novels include A Good Man in AfricaAny Human HeartAn Ice Cream War, Restless, and, his most recent, Love is Blind. His stage work includes Longing, an adaptation of two Chekhov short stories.

Director Christopher Luscombe has worked extensively in both the UK and internationally. His recent credits include The Nightingales and Nell Gwynn, winner of the 2016 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

Please note, this production has a strict latecomers policy, and no latecomers will be admitted to the Stalls or Royal Circle.

Wednesday 7 – Saturday 24 August

Tickets from £27

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm
Press Night: Wednesday 14 August 7pm

Running time 1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval

Presented by arrangement with Lee Dean


By William Boyd


Felicity Kendal – Chloe

Rupert Vansittart – Frank

Alice Orr-Ewing – Meredith

Simon Harrison – Pip

Esh Alladi – Tony

Sarah Earnshaw – Jane


Directed by Christopher Luscombe

Design – Simon Higlett

Lighting – Tim Mitchell

Sound – Jeremy Dunn

Composer – Julian Philips

Casting Director – Ginny Schiller CDG


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Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance, unless otherwise stated.

Tickets for Main House productions may include a £2 building levy.

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A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies to all bookings.

Standby tickets and standing spaces are currently unavailable

There is a lift for wheelchair users from the Theatre foyer to the Stalls and Royal Circle levels. The Dress Circle and Grand Circle are stair access only.

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