HENCEFORWARD... - Theatre Royal Windsor

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Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, in association with Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, present Henceforward... Sometime in the not too distant future 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.

**** The Observer

“darkly funny” “playful, multidimensional performances from all” The Observer

“Ayckbourn has seen the future” Financial Times

"Yet again Ayckbourn does what he does so well – makes you laugh, even when it hurts to do so. It’s a gem” Northern Echo

"The theatrical Titan’s 1987 futuristic hit displays an eerie prescience" The Telegraph

"Ayckbourn's cast brings out the abiding human foibles that feed the humour in the unpredictable encounters…” The Press (York)

“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…” reviewshub.com




2016 marked Alan’s 55th year as a theatre director and his 57th as a playwright. He has spent his life in theatre, rarely if ever tempted by television or film, which perhaps explains why he continues to be so prolific. To date he has written 79 plays, his work has been translated into over 35 languages and continues to be performed on stage and television throughout the world, winning countless awards. Major successes include: Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular and The Norman Conquests. In recent years, there have been noted London revivals of Season's Greetings, A Small Family Business, Absent Friends, A Chorus of Disapproval, Relatively Speaking; and this year Way Upstream and Communicating Doors.In 2009 he retired as Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph, where almost all his plays have been, and continue to be, first staged. Last year the biennial visit of the SJT Ayckbourn company to the Brits Off Broadway Festival at 59E59 Theaters, New York, led to uniformly excellent reviews for his 2013 plays Arrivals & Departures and Farcicals, and a revival of his 1992 play Time Of My Life; Arrivals & Departures being included in Time Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of 2014 whilst also receiving an enthusiastic salute from the New York Times.In recent years he has been inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame, received the 2010 Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts and became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards. He was knighted in 1997 for services to the theatre.

Mon 13th Feb - Sat 18th Feb
  • Show Times
  • Mon - Sat 8pm, Thu & Sat 2.30pm

  • Ticket prices
  • £15 - £31
    Royal Specials £37 - £39


    Valentine’s at the Theatre

    Treat your loved one to a play and prosecco this Valentine’s when booking for the show.

    We are offering 2 glasses of fizz for £10 to make your theatre visit extra special.

    T&Cs apply: Offer valid 13 – 18 February. Must pre-book (online or at the counter) and the voucher must be collected via the Box Office. 

  • Members
  • 2 for 1 on 13 Feb

    Duration: 2 hours and 40 mins (including interval)

    Age: 12+