Simon Friend Entertainment

Things We Do For Love

UK Tour (March – May 2014)


In South West London Barbara, elegant and glacial, lives in immaculate order on the middle floor of her converted house. Downstairs, lovelorn postman and part-time plumber Gilbert has created a shrine to his landlady. Upstairs, the flat is empty, a perfect temporary bolthole for Nikki, Barbara’s old school-friend, and her fiancé Hamish. Unfortunately Hamish is everything that Barbara despises (bearded, Scottish and vegetarian) and Hamish takes an instant dislike to the ever-intolerant Barbara – a hostility which hides deeper feeling…


In a wonderfully imaginative set, which reveals a limited view of the rooms above and below Barbara’s flat, bedroom farce develops into something more complex as the two adversaries fall head over heels in lust…This is the UK’s greatest living playwright at the peak of his art, making hilarity and ingenuity from the things we do for love.


Natalie Imbruglia

Claire Price

Edward Bennett

Simon Gregor

Creative Team

Writer - Alan Ayckbourn

Director – Laurence Boswell

Designer – Giles Cadle

Lighting – Ben Ormerod

Sound – Fergus O’Hare

Music - Jon Nicholls