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The Sex Party

November - January 2023

About The Show

Four couples gather in a suburban London home for an evening of wine, cheese, and more intimate pleasures. Some are curious, some are more familiar, and one is rather unexpected. Thus a promising evening is poised to go beyond anyone’s expectations…

The world premiere of this play by Terry Johnson similarly promises to surprise, perhaps shock, and most certainly entertain!

As a playwright, Terry Johnson’s work includes Dead Funny, Prism and Ken (Hampstead Theatre), Insignificance, Hysteria (Olivier Award for Best Comedy), Piano/Forte, Hitchcock Blonde (Royal Court Theatre), The Graduate (West End and Broadway), Mrs Henderson Presents (West End and Toronto), Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick (National Theatre; Olivier Award for Best Comedy) and The London Cuckolds (National Theatre). At the Menier, his directing credits include La Cage aux Folles (also West End and Broadway; Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical) and Rookery Nook. Other directing credits include Oh! What a Lovely War and Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be (Theatre Royal Stratford East; marking the 50th Anniversary of Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop), The Duck House, End of the Rainbow, The Prisoner of Second Avenue, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, Rain Man, Whipping It Up, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Entertaining Mr Sloane and Elton John’s Glasses (all West End). Nicholas Roeg’s film of Insignificance was the official British Entry at Cannes in 1985. His plays have won him the Playwright of the Year Award 1995, Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award 1995, The League of American Theatres and Producers Best Touring Play Award 2001, plus two Evening Standard Theatre Awards, two Writers Guild Best Play Awards and the Time Out Best Play Award.

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The Sex Party

Show Info




7th November 2022 �
7th January 2023

Opening night –
15th November 2022


2 hours 20 minutes

including an interval


Tuesday – Saturday: 7:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 3pm


Will Barton
Lisa Dwan
John Hopkins
Timothy Hutton
Jason Merrells
Pooya Mohseni
Molly Osborne
Kelly Price
Amanda Ryan



Written and directed by
Terry Johnson

Set & costume design
Tim Shortall

Lighting design
Ben Ormerod

Sound Design
John Leonard