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Constant Companions

19 October @ 7:30 pm

At the Old Laundry from 17 – 21 October

Lorraine is a fabulously successful lawyer of a certain age. Jan Sixty is the janitor of her building, an android of indeterminate age. In a not-too-distant future where humans have turned to artificial friends for companionship without compromise, can Lorraine and Jan find true love?

In Constant Companions, Alan Ayckbourn weaves together their stories and those of lonely bachelor Don, technician Winston, PA Sylvia and android maid Edie with characteristic humour and compassion.

Alan Ayckbourn is one of the UK’s most successful playwrights. Constant Companions is his 89th play – most of them have premiered here at the SJT. Inducted into American Theatre’s Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Critics’ Circle Award for Services to the Arts, he became the first British playwright to receive both Olivier and Tony Special Lifetime Achievement Awards.


“Like all good science fiction, Constant Companions is less about the future than the present and, in his jokes about machine logic and human contrariness, and behind his speculation about a robot class outliving the species that created it, Ayckbourn asks his deepest questions about human companionship and sexual desire.” ★★★★ The Guardian

“Genius…highly amusing.” ★★★★ Daily Mail

Spot-on comic timing” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

“Prophetic, profound and pertinent.” The Scarborough News

“Alan Ayckbourn continues to be one of our most ambitious and engaging playwrights…Plenty of laughs, but also much to think about.” The Yorkshire Times

Credits: Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Running time: Approx. 2h 45m (including a 20m interval)
Staging: This theatre production is in the round
Age guidance: 12+
T&C: Tickets are non-exchangeable and non-refundable. A £1.50 booking fee applies.

Matinee lunch deal (£39.95 includes sandwich, soup and a hot drink)
For matinee performances (except Sat 21 Oct), enjoy a relaxed pre-theatre light lunch in our New Laundry Cafe before settling down to take your seats in the Theatre.   The Cafe is located downstairs in the main World of Beatrix Potter Attraction building.  Your matinee lunch ticket includes a sandwich, a bowl of soup and a cup of tea or coffee.  Your table will be automatically reserved for your party at 1 pm.  Please let us know any dietary requirements in advance.  Sorry, the lunch deal is not available on Sat 21 Oct.



Old Laundry Theatre
Crag Brow
Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3BX United Kingdom
015394 40872
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