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'Before The Party' - Independent Theatre

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The Independent Theatre is proudly presenting a strictly limited season of 'Before The Party' by celebrated English playwright Rodney Ackland this April.

'Before the Party' is a wickedly funny adaptation of a W. Somerset Maugham short story and is described as social satire at its cleverest.

Why is the young widow wearing pink to the bishop's garden party?

Britain. 1948. The war is over, petrol and paté are still being rationed, good help is hard to find, and the Skinner family is getting ready to go to a garden party for the Bishop of Capetown. Their recently-widowed daughter, Laura, first shocks the family by wearing pink, instead of widow's black, and then by revealing that her late husband died of something other than malaria. The news threatens her snobbish sister's secretaryship of the golf club, and their father's candidacy for the Conservative Party.

Do the socially-obsessed Skinners go to the party, and brave it out? Do they go, but leave chatterbox, 12-year-old Susan, at home? Or do they all stay away, and risk exposure to gossipy speculation behind their backs?

Don't miss your rare opportunity to see Independent Theatre bring this classic play to the stage; there are only 9 performances:

April 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 at 7.30pm

Matinees: Sunday 23 at 4.00pm, Saturday 29 at 2.00pm, and Early Tuesday 25 at 6.30pm.

WeekendNotes Subscribers can also take advantage of an exclusive offer: Receive $10 off Adult and Concession tickets when you use the codeword "Notes"

Tickets are now on sale through

For more information on this upcoming production by Independent Theatre, please visit the official website.

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When: April 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 @ 7.30pm, Matinees Sunday 23 @ 4.00pm, Saturday 29 @ 2.00pm, Early Tuesday 25 @ 6.30pm
Where: Goodwood Theatre, 166a Goodwood Road, Goodwood
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