Sue’s Boyce-strous about Ayckbourn play
May 29, 2002
They had their first stage teaming last year in Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking and they are delighted to be together again in a tour of his Time And Time Again which is at Windsor Theatre Royal this week.
And since she lives in the Royal borough she doesn’t even have to say goodbye to her family.
She said: “I think these are two of Ayckbourn’s best plays – they are real family entertainments, which we are much in need of these days, and as well as being very funny they have characters you care about.”
It is that combination which in Sue’s view links Ayckbourn with Only Fools And Horses writer John Sullivan.
Although she and Challis are married in both Ayckbourn plays Sue says the milieus are quite
“In Relatively Speaking we were a pukka Home Counties couple but in Time And Time Again we are more downmarket and I am a rather timid woman with an absolute monster of a husband.”
Another plus for Sue is that her director is Robin Herford who has worked a lot with Ayckbourn both as an actor and director – she describes him as “a really safe pair of hands”.
She reckons she has done “eight or nine” Ayckbourn plays over the years.
“I’d like to do them all but I’m too old for some of them now.”
Only Fools And Horses, which made Sue nationally known as Marlene, was the top TV sitcom of the 1980s and still gets good audiences on repeat showings.
“It’s become part of my pension plan,” she laughed.
Time And Time Again is at Windsor until Saturday.
For ticket details call (01753) 853888.