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The Anniversary

by Bill Macllwraith.

“Mr Macllwraith regards her as odious and the rest of the family as contemptible. The play is conceived in cruelty and is very, very funny …”
Harold Hobson, the Sunday Times.

Since the death of her husband, Mum has kept tight hold on the family business and her three sons, binding them to her with gifts, threats and a ruthless exploitation of their weaknesses.

As the family is unwillingly brought together to celebrate Mum’s wedding anniversary, one son gathers the courage to tell her he is taking his family to Canada, another breaks the news of his impending marriage and revolt is in the air. Mum will fight back with every weapon in her formidable armoury, intent on maintaining her rigid control.

George Lassos the Moon are proud to bring this viciously dark comedy – first performed at the Theatre Royal in Brighton on March 28 1966, and later adapted for screen in what became one of Bette Davis’s most memorable roles – back to the stage for its 50th anniversary.

A George Lassos the Moon production.

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