Alys, always

Alys, always

3.3 (6) · Contemporary

A gripping psychological thriller that excavates the fault line that separates the entitled from the unentitled.


Frances works on the books pages of a Sunday newspaper. She’s quiet and capable, but nobody takes much notice: her face is pressed to the window, on the outside, looking in. One evening, driving back to London after visiting her infuriating parents, she comes across an upturned car crumpled on the side of the road. She waits with the injured driver, Alys Kyte, until the ambulance arrives. Later, when Alys’s famous family gets in touch, Frances finds herself for the first time ushered into the world on the other side of the window. And she begins to wonder: what would it take to become a player?

Critic reviews

Gripping performances from Joanne Froggatt as the fast-climbing Frances and Robert Glenister as the man she becomes so enamoured with and beholden to

London Theatre

Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt is compelling in this black comedy of manners

The Telegraph

Joanne Froggatt shines in high-gloss piece about worlds colliding

Evening Standard

With its elegant cello interludes, and its careful story-telling, this is theatre as an after-dinner mint, bland and inoffensive. And I wanted more to get my teeth into


A real landmark for Hytner: some 40 years into his career, he’s finally directed a play written by a woman – better late than never

Time Out

Joanne Froggatt turns in a riveting performance as Frances

The Times

Clumsy, thrill-free adaptation of a satirical thriller set among the charmed circles of the chatterati

The Stage

Nicholas Hytner’s production moves briskly from hot-desking newspaper offices to the calm Suffolk countryside. It is all smoothly done without ever creating a palpable sense of danger

The Guardian

Joanne Froggatt is compelling

Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 25 Feb - Sat 30 Mar, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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