IT'S not often that what happens off stage is as important to a play as what's on it.
But that must be said of Alan Ayckbourn's hilarious look at the life of three very different couples.
In a nutshell - three parties, three Christmas Eves and three kitchens.
The backdrop for Ayckbourn's tale is an ambitious businessmen, a banker and a love rat architect, all of whom have their hands full with their wives addictive and obsessive habits.
One wife is a compulsive cleaner, the second seems intent on self destruction and a third with an over zealous love of the contents of a bottle of gin.
While the parties are in full swing the audience see what happens in the kitchen.
Among the cast are Matthew Cottle, you'll remember him from the Game On sitcom on the Beeb a few years back, while ex-East Ender and I'm a Celebrity star Mark Bannerman swaps the jungle for the stage and an ironic role as a 'ladies man.'
Honeysuckle Weeks, most recently seen on Foyle's War, appears as Eva who makes several attempts to end it all with little success while Deborah Grant is the drunken flirtatious and deeply sarcastic wife Jane. Sara Crowe's desire for scrubbing - the kitchen floor and oven to be precise -and David Griffin, the banker, complete the line-up for what is made a lengthy evening due to extensive set changes during two lengthy intervals.
It's well worth a look and just remember not to trot off home after Act Two!