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Stroke of Luck – at Park Theatre

“Shortly after the death of his wife, Lester Riley, an invalid who has suffered a premature stroke, announces to his three estranged middle-aged children that he is getting married again – to his young, sexy Japanese nurse. They are also shocked to learn that Lester has saved an enormous amount of money from his secret life as the exclusive television and radio repairman to a Long Island mob family. To stop the nurse from getting this surprise inheritance they must stop the marriage. They try every trick in the book: legal, religious, intimidation, psychological, and, in the case of one son, criminal. But they fail; or do they? Lester, it seems, has a few tricks up his own sleeve.” – from the Park Theatre website

“The excellent Tim Pigott-Smith [gives] a rich performance.... darkly comic and genuinely touching.” – Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph

“Pigott-Smith makes palpable this man‘s love, frustration and regret as he confronts his errant clan. It‘s wonderfully moving.” – Dominic Maxwell, The Times

“Tim Pigott-Smith invests the hero with the right blend of mischief and manipulation and suggests that even senior citizens are entitled to a measure of devilry.” – Michael Billington, The Guardian

Please purchase your own ticket direct from the theatre.

I recommend getting an e-ticket as there is no proper box office and you would have to queue at the bar. If you’re open to sitting next to another member, feel free to mention your seat number (and whether it‘s stalls or circle) in the comments below, for group members who might want to book a neighbouring seat. My seat is B25 in the stalls.

The performance starts at 7.30 pm. I suggest we meet up at about 6.45 pm at the entrance to the theatre (I will wear something distinctive so you will all recognise me). Please note my phone number is 07957962013.

If you would like to meet as a group for a drink in the theatre bar before the play, let me know in the comments – I will circulate details in the days before the play.

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