Alphabetical Order

Micheal Frayn

Hampstead Theatre and Micheal Codron

Director Christopher Luscombe

Lighting Tim Mitchell


The star of the evening has to be the set by Janet Bird.  Rich in detail and clutter, it is the perfect evocation of the chaos of an office in disarray.




Janet Bird’s design of turquoise filing cabinets is a joyful evocation of lost times, with its tea and coffee tray serving as a magnet for passing layabouts, its creaky lift and tumult of box files and buff folders. After the interval: pristine cleanliness. But that doesn’t solve anything, and people’s lives resist the rule of the card index and the imposition of alphabetical order