The Norman Conquests

A trilogy of plays by Alan Aykbourn about tangled relationships in a country house that take place concurrently over a single weekend, and can be presented in any order.

It stars Robin Herford (as Norman), Diane Bull (as Annie), Tessa Peak Jones (as Sarah), with Simon Jones, John Strickland and Lisa Rider.

It's produced by Gordon House.

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Alan Ayckbourn 's celebrated trilogy, in which the intrepid librarian hero attempts to bring a little excitement and happiness into the lives of the womenfolk around him.

1: Table Manners

Adapted by Neville Teller

Director Gordon House. Stereo

Contributors

Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn

Norman: Robin Herford

Annie: Diane Bull

Sarah: Tessa Peake-Jones

Tom: Jon Strickland

Reg: Simon Jones

Ruth: Elizabeth Rider

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Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn

Adapted By: Neville Teller

Norman: Robin Herford

Annie: Diane Bull

Sarah: Tessa Peake-Jones

Tom: Jon Strickland

Reg: Simon Jones

Ruth: Elizabeth Rider

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A trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Living Together

The second play is set in Annie's living room.

Having failed to persuade his sister-in-law to spend a weekend with him at the seaside, the indefatigable Norman turns his attention to the other women in the house.

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Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn.

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Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn.

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The last of three plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Round and Round the Garden

The final play takes place in the garden. Norman, heavily under the influence of dandelion wine, now professes love and affection for his brother-in-law.

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Unknown: Alan Ayckbourn.

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The Norman Conquests are considered the masterworks of Alan Ayckbourn, our foremost comedy dramatist. Julian Rhind-Tutt and Helen Baxendale lead a stellar cast through the intricacies of these three interlinked comedies about a charming, compulsive philanderer, broadcast over the next three Saturdays. They can be listened to in any order, or one play enjoyed on its own.

Music arranged and performed by Stephen Benham

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

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A trilogy of plays by Alan Aykbourn about tangled relationships in a country house that take place concurrently over a single weekend, and can be presented in any order.

It stars Robin Herford (as Norman), Diane Bull (as Annie), Tessa Peak Jones (as Sarah), with Simon Jones, John Strickland and Lisa Rider.

It's produced by Gordon House.A weekend of tangled relationships begins in the dining room of a country house.

Stars Robin Herford and Diane Bull.

One of a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn.

A weekend of tangled relationships in a country house.

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The Norman Conquests are considered the masterworks of Alan Ayckbourn, our foremost comedy dramatist. Julian Rhind-Tutt, as a sex-obsessed philanderer, and Helen Baxendale, his prey, lead a stellar cast through these three interlinked comedies, broadcast over three Saturdays. They can be heard in any order, or one play enjoyed on its own.

Music arranged and performed by Stephen Benham

Directed by Peter Kavanagh.

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A weekend of tangled relationships in a country house.

Stars Robin Herford and Diane Bull.

A weekend of tangled relationships moves to the living room of a country house.

Part of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy, starring Robin Herford and Diane Bull.

One of a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn.

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The Norman Conquests are considered the masterworks of Alan Ayckbourn, our foremost comedy dramatist. Julian Rhind-tutt, as the love and sex-mad philanderer, and Helen Baxendale, his prey, lead a stellar cast through these three interlinked, deeply-serious comedies. They can be listened to in any order, or one play may be enjoyed on its own.

Music arranged and performed by Stephen Benham

Directed by Peter Kavanagh

Leading a distinguished cast, Julian Rhind-tutt plays the brilliant but mercurial Norman, sewing his seed of discord over a weekend in the country.

The new productions, their first broadcast on Radio 4, coincide with Ayckbourn's 5 new interlinked stage plays.

With Norman Conquests, 'Table Manners' is traditionally played first. For Radio 4, we're broadcasting Living Together first, to show Norman's lechery and mad drunkenness at full tilt, so annoying to the others, and in the middle of it, his phone call summoning his wife, with whom he is secretly in love, to witness the carnage he has wrought on the household - on the women in particular!

Annie (Helen Baxendale) cares for ailing Mother in the family home. She has arranged a weekend away and asked brother Reg (JEFF RAWLE) and his wife Sarah (CLARE LAWRENCE-MOODY) to care for Mother, aided by Annie's shy neighbour and admirer Tom (NIGEL PLANER).

Annie has secretly planned the break with her brother-in-law, Norman (JULIAN RHIND- TUTT) married to Annie's scary sister Ruth (TRACY-ANN OBERMAN). But now, as Annie prepares to depart, Norman turns up prematurely, messing up her plans and igniting the fireworks!

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A weekend of tangled relationships moves out into the grounds of a country house.

Stars Robin Herford and Diane Bull.

A weekend of tangled relationships in a country house.

Part of Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy, starring Robin Herford and Diane Bull.

One of a trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn.