Family drama played out at St Albans theatre

Company of Ten presents Things I Know to be True at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans. Picture: Nick Cl

Company of Ten presents Things I Know to be True at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans. Picture: Nick Clarke / Abbey Theatre - Credit: Nick Clarke

A touching, funny and visceral production will be brought to the Abbey Theatre stage by the Company of Ten this week.

Things I Know To Be True, by the critically acclaimed playwright Andrew Bovell, opens at the Abbey Theatre on Friday, May 3.

It is a complex and intense portrait of the mechanics of a family, and a marriage, through the eyes of four siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.

Bob and Fran have worked hard to give their four children the opportunities they never had.

Now with the kids ready to make lives of their own, it is time to sit back and smell the roses.

But the change of the seasons reveals shattering truths, leaving us asking whether it is possible to love too much.

Director Sarah Ferdinands is delighted to be bringing this play to St Albans.

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She said: “As director, I am collaborating as closely with our sound, lighting and set design team as I am with our actors to create a tight, multi-sensory, immersive piece.

“And we are curating an intricate soundscape with music chosen to draw audiences into our world.

“Don’t miss it! If you are new to this style of theatre, I know you will be converted after Things I Know To Be True.”

Performances take place from Friday, May 3 to Saturday, May 4 at 8pm, followed by a matinée on Sunday May 5 at 2.30pm.

There are then shows from Tuesday, May 7 to Saturday, May 11 at 8pm.

• To book tickets, go to or call the box office on 01727 857861.

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