Alan Ayckbourn’s celebrated trilogy The Norman Conquests: three hilarious and poignant plays depicting the same six characters in one house over one weekend, focusing on Norman and his romantic follies.
England’s famous seducer of other men’s wives lays siege to his sister-in-law in the first “battle.” A middle-class family trying to have a pleasant country weekend is no match for Norman, who horrifies everyone by doing exactly as he likes. Recorded before a live audience at the Guest Quarters Suite Hotel, Santa Monica in April of 1995.
In the second “battle” Norman gets drunk on homemade wine—and all hell breaks loose. He unleashes his merry brand of manipulative charm on the hapless guests and even his most formidable opponents go down in defeat on the drawing room rug. Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Suites, Santa Monica in April of 1996.
Round and Round the Garden:
In the third “battle” the setting is Mother’s overgrown English garden, where something more troublesome than brambles lurks among the roses. Havoc ensues as this satirical masterpiece makes its way to a hilarious conclusion. Recorded before a live audience at the DoubleTree Suites, Santa Monica in April of 1997.
Three L.A. Theatre Works full cast performances featuring:
Rosalind Ayres as Sarah
Kenneth Danziger as Reg
Martin Jarvis as Norman
Jane Leeves as Annie
Christopher Neame as Tom
Carolyn Seymour as Ruth
Directed by Dennis Erdman.
“L.A. Theatre Works has again hit the jackpot with this delightful audio presentation of Alan Ayckbourn’s celebrated trilogy…playwright and actors make these characters so interesting and funny that the audio presentation seems to fly by.” — AudioFile Magazine