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By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by Adam Penford
This screening was recorded from an earlier live performance.
Jack McCracken is a man of principle in a corrupt world. But not for long. Moments after taking over his father-in-law’s business he’s approached by a private detective armed with some compromising information. Jack’s integrity fades away as he discovers his extended family to be thieves and adulterers, looting the business from their suburban homes. Rampant self-interest takes over and comic hysteria builds to a macabre climax.
Returning to the National Theatre for the first time since its celebrated premiere in 1987, A Small Family Business—winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play—is a riotous exposure of entrepreneurial greed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Bedroom Farce, A Chorus of Disapproval).