CANCELLED – Eric Chappell’s Ground Rules


We are sorry to inform customers that the performance of ‘Ground Rules’ at The Atkinson has been cancelled.

This is due to a technical fault with the safety curtain in the Theatre auditorium, which we are working hard to resolve.

Customers are entitled to a ticket refund, exchange, credit note, or can donate the cost to The Atkinson Development Trust. You can view The Atkinson’s refund policy online here:

The Box Office team will be in touch with all customers in due course.

If you have purchased your ticket from an external ticket agent, they will be in touch with you separately.

Once again, we apologise for the inconvenience caused and appreciate your understanding at this time.

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01704 533 333

Judith and Gerald look the perfect couple – he’s a successful businessman, she’s an aspiring counsellor, they live in a stylish suburban home and it seems nothing can spoil their happy marriage… that is until Jo and Ashley arrive on the scene!

Rescuing Jo from a very public argument with her boyfriend, Judith and Gerald take her home… but when Ashley follows them, it sets off a chain of events that no-one can control. Flirting and frayed tempers lead to jealousy, confessions and misunderstandings – plus a potato in the exhaust pipe!

Eric Chappell’s comedy is by turns hilarious and poignant, preposterous and touching. By the end, nobody’s relationships – or perhaps even partners – will ever be the same again!

From the creator of top British sitcoms Rising Damp, Duty Free, Only When I Laugh and Home To Roost, Crime And Comedy Theatre Company proudly present Eric Chappell’s final play – a tribute to this remarkable writer who sadly passed away in 2022.

Directed by Bob Golding
Joel Stern as Ashley
Bronte Alice-Tadman as Jo
Martin Parsons as Gerald
Kate Ashmead as Judith

Audience Comments:
A fantastic production, fully endorsed by Eric Chappell’s family – it WILL make you laugh!Anne-Marie Chappell
A great evening’s entertainment, we thoroughly enjoyed the show!Yvonne Brook, audience member
A terrific evening, full of energy and charisma!Debbie Tomlinson, audience member

Reviews of Crime & Comedy Theatre’s last production, “The Hound Of The Baskervilles”:

★★★★★ A phenomenal evening at the theatre, I can’t recommend this play enough!The Entertainment Views Blog

★★★★★ One not to miss!Cult Box

★★★★ An immensely entertaining eveningWest End Best Friend

★★★★ A well-judged production in every senseBe My Guest

A master class in razor-sharp interplayHenley Standard

★★★★★ The Entertainment Views

★★★★★ Cult Box

★★★★ West End Best Friends

★★★★ Sadie Takes The Stage

★★★★ Be My Guest

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