Sunday, 13 June 2021

Top director is back at the Mill, improbably enough

Top director is back at the Mill, improbably enough

WEST End director Robin Herford — famous for commissioning and directing The Woman in Black — is returning to the Mill at Sonning to direct his 11th production at the theatre.

Alan Ayckbourn’s Improbable Fiction opens at the Sonning Eye venue next Thursday (March 16) for an eight-week run. Bookings are being taken until Saturday, May 6.

The 2005 play tells the story of the Pendon Writers’ Circle and their collective struggle to tackle a chronic case of writers’ block. Jess writes bodice rippers. Grace creates children’s stories. Vivvi has completed her sixth crime novel — unpublished of course! Clem is a sci-fi fanatic. Brevis is adapting The Pilgrim’s Progress into — wait for it — a musical!

In the best corny tradition of thrillers, a raging storm ensues and the various fictions of the wannabe writers spring startlingly to life right in front of the eyes of the group’s confused chairman, Arnold.

Director Robin Herford has a strong history with Sir Alan Ayckbourn, who was knighted in 1997. As an actor he has appeared in the original productions of more Ayckborn plays than any other.

He has also directed more than 30 of his productions in the UK.

Evening shows take place every night from Tuesday to Saturday, with Saturday matinees every week and Sunday matinees from March 26. There are no shows on Good Friday, Easter Sunday or Sunday, April 30.

Every ticket includes a two-course home-cooked meal.

For more information or to book, call 0118 969 8000 or visit

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