Communicating Doors

by

Alan Ayckbourn

SYNOPSIS

"Communicating Doors" is an ingenious comedy thriller that spans three time zones, each twenty years apart and linked by communicating doors. The play opens in a London Hotel room in the year 2014.

Poopay, a self-styled "sex therapist" has been summoned, not as she thinks, for her regular services, but instead to witness a document giving details of the murder of her client's two wives by his business associate. In attempting to escape, Poopay goes through the "communicating door" and finds herself back in 1994, face to face with Ruella, the second wife. Ruella is naturally sceptical about Poopay’s tale until she herself goes through the same door - and back in time - and meets Jessica, the first wife, whereupon she decides to seize the opportunity to rewrite the future.

"Communicating Doors" was a huge hit in the West End and on Broadway. It won the UK Writers' Guild Award for Best West End Play in 1996 and the Molière Award for Best Comedy in France in 1997.

DIRECTOR

Valery Niggli

CAST

Harold

Tood Piotrowski

Jessica

Marie-Luisa Capozzi

Julian

Colin West

Phoebe / Poopay

Sylvia Day

Reece

Paul Hankes Drielsma

Ruella

Christine Eusebio

PRODUCTION PHOTOS

BEHIND THE SCENES

Stage Managers

Angela David, Karen Siber

Production Coordinator

Claudia Wicki

Set Design

Christian Brandenburg

Lighting Design

Andreas Stahl of Eichenberger Theatre Lighting

Lighting Team

Nils Emerson, Enel Miller, Jan Sinstadt, Jay Travis

Sound Design

Terry Menard

Sound Team

Susan de Paul, Martin Russell, Yael Teitler

Properties

Jeannie Baer, Janet Evard, Sally Krauer, Sheila von Arx, Claudia Wicki

Prompters

Paul Day, Tom Hofmaenner

Make-Up

Maureen Grimm, Sylvia Hintermeister

Wigs

Sylvia Hintermeister

Costumes

Claudia Bodmer, Tania Khanschassoff

Front Of House

Joan Bridgman, Lynda Klomann, Members of the Club

Box Office

Deborah Somers, Members of the Club

Programme Editor

David Roscoe

Programme Design

Peter Schietinger

Title Artwork

Noeleen Blaich

Photography

Firman Burke

Publicity

Martin Russell

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