Festive cheer? Unlikely - Family strife perfectly portrayed in Ayckbourn's Season's Greetings, featuring Catherine Tate

Posted: 3rd December 2010

Christmas appears to be really difficult for some families - drunken arguments, food fights, slanging matches, in fact it could all become a standard episode of Eastenders, if you added in a tidal wave and a herd of wildebeests with 'Cat' hollering the immortal line, "'Ere Alfie - where'd you git our Chrissmus dinner? Laandun Zoo? It's still runnin' rand the kitchen!"

Alan Ayckbourn's festive farce "Season's Greetings" keeps things a little more focussed, though no less confrontational, as an all-star cast plays out the trials and tribulations of the dysfunctional family from hell in this hilarious comedy-play at the Lyttleton Theatre in the West End. Squabbles, cheating and drunken snakes and ladders - it can only get better - can't it? Merry bloody Christmas...

Catherine Tate (comedian and writer), Neil Stuke (Game On, The Bill and this year's Celebrity Masterchef), Mark Gatiss (League of Gentlemen, Doctor Who), Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd and the excellent Whites), Oliver Chris (Silent Witness and Nathan Barley) and David Troughton (Doctor Who and New Tricks) are just some of the familiar faces causing mayhem at a time of year when it should be the kids acting up!

The production runs from 21st December to the newly-extended date of 13th March 2011 and tickets are on sale now, starting from £44. Note that up until 4th January all tickets are now sold-out, but the season recommences from Saturday 15th January, from which point there is availability.

Paul Pledger