A Small Family Business
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A Small Family Business

by Alan Ayckbourn

Alan Ayckbourn's riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed returns to the National Theatre, where it premiered in 1987, winning the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Play.

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'Classic Ayckbourn. Delivers laughs and chills with great panache'

Daily Telegraph

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‘A spirited production. Blends morality, fable and black farce.’


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'Adam Penford’s precise production does justice to the play’s superb craftsmanship.'

Sunday Express

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‘A fast and furious farce.’

Daily Express

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A riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval). A Small Family Business returns to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, when it won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play. 

Jack McCracken: a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.

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