Starring Olivier Award winning actors Sophie Thompson (Detectorists, Sex Education, Present Laughter, Gosford Park, Eastenders, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and Adrian Scarborough (The Madness of George III, Leopoldstadt, Gavin and Stacey).

A night at the opera ends with a shock for mild-mannered couple Maurice and Rosemary Ransome when they open their front door to discover their flat completely empty. From light bulbs to carpets to toilet paper, even their chicken casserole has been stolen.

The Ransomes turn detective to try and work out who is behind this outrageous act, and why and how they did it. Along the way, they are forced to examine their lives when stripped bare of the worldly possessions that define us all. Should they rebuild their old life, or begin afresh?

A bittersweet exploration of marriage, dreams and lives unlived, Adrian Scarborough’s adaptation brings Bennett’s hilarious story to the stage for the first time, capturing his trademark observational wit in this gentle and darkly surprising tale.



“'A TREAT of a show'”
4 rating
The Times (Clive Davis)
“'Wonderfully observed...revealing and poignant' ”
4 rating
Whats On Stage (Tanya Gumushan)
“'VERY FUNNY, well written and BEAUTIFULLY acted' ”
4 rating
Reviews Hub (James Garrington)
“'Funny and thoughtful'”
4 rating
The Stage( Liz Lee)


Sophie Thompson
Mrs Ransome Sophie Thompson
Adrian Scarborough
Mr. Ransome Adrian Scarborough
Ned Costello
Constable / Croucher / Martin / Hanson Ned Costello
Charlie de Melo
Mr Anwar / Sarge / Nurse Charlie de Melo
Natasha Magigi
Lady / Dusty / Christine Thoseby / Cleo Natasha Magigi

Creative Team

Director Adam Penford
Designer Robert Jones
Lighting Designer Aideen Malone
Composer and Sound Designer Jon Nicholls
Hair, Wigs and Make-Up Campbell Young Associates
Hair, Wigs and Make-Up Associate Helen Keane
Props Supervisor Ryan O'Conner
Casting Director Jane Anderson CDG
Voice and Dialect Coach Marianne Samuels

COVID Guarantee

We’re so pleased to be welcoming audiences back to the venue but would like to reassure you that, should your booking be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, you will be offered a refund, account credit or a ticket exchange (where available), giving you peace of mind when you book.



Groups of 10 or more can save up to 20% on full price tickets.

Discount will be automatically applied on the ‘Checkout’ screen. Book up to 20 tickets online with the groups discount, discounts vary per performance and are subject to availability.

See the list of discounted performances on the Group Discounts Page.

Have a large group looking to attend? Please email and a member of the team will be able to assist.


Show tickets for school pupils are £12 each (one teacher goes free with every 10 tickets purchased). Find out more about School Visits here and book by calling Box Office on 0115 941 9419.


We provide British Sign Language Interpretation, Captioning and Audio Description for this production.

Everyone is welcome to attend accessible performances, customers experience the full show including the accessible services.

Find out more about Access at Nottingham Playhouse here.

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