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Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn

a cool breeze of English eccentricity
— Jerry Minkow
lively and humorous
— Judith Jarosz

Next Stage Theatre Company in association with Love Arm'd Productions is proud to present Intimate Exchanges by Sir Alan Ayckbourn - Next Stage's patron - at the Midtown International Festival, New York.

A hilarious series of related plays, Intimate Exchanges is a superb example of Ayckbourn’s brilliant craftsmanship and ability to intrigue and challenge his audience. Trapped in a sterile marriage, Celia seeks solace elsewhere, but her desire to escape from the humdrum is not as straightforward or rewarding as she hopes!

A tour de force for two actors: Kay Francksen and Andrew Ellison play all the characters in this highly entertaining show.

Before leaving for New York, Intimate Exchanges playwrite and Next Stage patron, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, wished the company goodluck.


Following a successful production in New York, Next Stage received 4 Midtown International Festival award nominations. They were as follows:

Outstanding Overall Production: Intimate Exchanges produced by Next Stage Theatre Company in association with Love Arm'd Productions; Written by Alan Aychbourn; Directed by Ann Garner; Lighting Design by Kris Nuttall; Sound Design by Sally Hardwick; Publicity by David Green; Graphic Design by Brian Howe; Stage Managed by Nicky Wilkins and Alexa Garner; Performed by Andrew Ellison and Kay Francksen

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play: Andrew Ellison for the roles of Toby/Lionel in Intimate Exchanges

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play: Kay Francksen for the roles of Sylvie/Celia in Intimate Exchanges

Outstanding Direction of a play: Ann Garner for the direction of Intimate Exchanges

The company was delighted to learn that Andrew Ellison, founder director of Next Stage, has been awarded Most Outstanding Male Actor by Broadway Talkin', the critical body that reviews the dramas that are produced in all the New York arts festivals that occur throughout the year. Andrew took the roles of Toby and Lionel in the scenes we produced and delivered a virtuoso performance in Events on a Hotel Terrace, when he had to repeatedly swap from the straight-laced Toby to the formally dressed Lionel in a series of hilarious fast changes. Congratulations to Andrew.


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