After October
by Rodney Ackland

About This Project

“Listen: things will be different after the play comes on – completely different… Only a few more weeks, Francie, and you’ll see. Your whole life will change. I promise you it will.”


Hampstead, 1936. In a shabby basement flat, aspiring playwright Clive Monkhams dreams of a West End hit and winning Francie’s heart. His bankrupt mother Rhoda, a faded actress, frets about the bills and the fortunes of her penniless daughters while reminiscing about her glory days. Clive’s family and an entourage of bohemian dependants all need him to make it big. With opening night approaching and finances fast running out, everything rides on the success of the play and, for Clive, the future looks all too glittering…


From the acclaimed writer of Absolute Hell and Before the Party, After October is Rodney Ackland’s most autobiographical play, both a bittersweet homage to the theatre and a fascinating portrait of an impoverished family on the brink of a glamorous new life. This rediscovery marks the first Central London production since its premiere in 1936.


Supported by the Stage One Bursary Scheme for New Producers.


Nominated for three Off West End Awards.


Reviews for After October at the Finborough Theatre:

★★★★ ’This hugely appealing revival… an ebullient production of infectious energy.’ Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
’This is a play with heart… an enjoyable and often profoundly moving evening.’ Ben Lawrence, The Sunday Telegraph
‘A strong cast ensure that Ackland’s play hasn’t lost its heft… Warm and affectionate.’ Matt Breen, Time Out
‘It is a mystery why this play has not seen the light of day in London… Toeman’s production is engaging and fast-paced.’ Emma Henderson, The Independent
‘Oscar Toeman’s production skilfully… endowing each of its 11 characters with a bubbling inner life.’ Michael Billington, The Guardian



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Lucinda Mason Brown


Jasmine Blackborow, Adam Buchanan, Andrew Cazanave Pin, Peta Cornish, Josie Kidd, Beverley Klein, Allegra Marland, Jonathan Oliver, Patrick Osborne, Stephen Rashbrook, Sasha Waddell


22 November - 22 December 2016