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The cast of The Anniversary - Nigel Lowe, Gina Martin, Ian Davies, Amanda Dufaye and Rachel Duncan
The Lichfield Players will be bringing a dose of black humour to the stage. The Players are set to perform Bill MacIlwraith’s wickedly funny, toe-curling black comedy The Anniversary at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. The performance follows hot on the heels of their near sell-out October production of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None. Director Ian Parkes said:
“The play is essentially about a mother-in-law from hell who engages in verbal sword play and fantastic put downs to snub any women who threaten her own possessive reign. Despite being set in 1979, the family dynamics are as relevant in many households today, and the play’s still incredibly funny and at times surprisingly savage too. “The small six-strong cast, the living room setting and the almost real time nature of the play suit the intimate Studio venue. We hope to take audiences on an absorbing – and entertaining – emotional journey to feel as though they’re witnessing real behind closed doors fly on the wall stuff.”
The Anniversary centres around the relationship between a domineering mother and her grown-up sons in a family where Mum most definitely rules the roost! Using bribes and humiliation – as well as her own brand of special charm – she’s managed to maintain their loyalty.  That is until now. As the family gathers to celebrate Mum’s wedding anniversary (though Dad’s been dead for years!) revolt is in the air. One son wants to emigrate, another to marry and the third hides a guilty secret, but can they find the courage to confess all to Mum? And one thing’s for sure, if they do attempt to sever the ties, Mum won’t let them go without a fight! The Anniversary runs at the Lichfield Garrick from November 25 to 28 and December 2 to 5. Tickets priced £9 (concessions £8 and £6) are available from the box office on 01543 412121 or online at

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