The first West End revival of Michael Frayn's comedy "DONKEYS' YEARS", opened at the Comedy Theatre to rave reviews on Tuesday 9 May ran until 16 December. The production largely played to full houses and, despite the difficult summer that the West End experienced, the play was profitable every single week of its run.
Twenty-five years after graduation, six former students return to their university college for a reunion dinner. Whilst their lives may have had varying degrees of success, all are connected by a common past. Once locked in college for the night, the graduates begin to relive their youth, and old friendships, feuds - and the much-desired but absurdly proper Master's wife - come tumbling back chaotically into the present...
"DONKEYS' YEARS" was directed by Jeremy Sams, with design by Peter McKintosh and lighting by Howard Harrison. Jeremy Sams has just directed "Little Britain Live" and recently directed the National Theatre, West End and Broadway productions of "Noises Off". "DONKEYS' YEARS" originally opened in London at the Globe Theatre (now the Gielgud Theatre) in 1976, winning the Olivier Award for 'Best Comedy.' Michael Frayn's other award-winning stage plays include "Noises Off," "Democracy" and "Copenhagen" (all at the National Theatre, in the West End and on Broadway), as well as "Clouds," "Alphabetical Order" and "Benefactors," all of which have enjoyed hugely successful runs in the West End.
"DONKEYS' YEARS" was produced in the West End by Sonia Friedman Productions, Tulbart Productions, Michael Linnit, Lee Menzies, TEG Productions and Boyett Ostar Productions.