Plaza Suite

Neil Simon’s comedy is made up of three self-contained acts in three different explorations of relationships, all of which take place in the same room at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan.

Although it doesn’t break new ground, this is a well-polished performance of a classic drawing-room comedy that will appeal to fans of the genre.

Presented by the Relative Theatre Company, many of the cast members appear in different roles across the three acts, and clearly revel in the writing.

The setting of period furniture works well in suggesting the opulent surrounds of an old-school luxury hotel, and costuming and makeup is a nod to the era – I particularly liked the two-toned 70s eye shadow worn by Beag Horne as Karen Nash. In this first act, Visitor from Mamaronek, Karen Nash has booked this room especially to surprise her husband Sam on their anniversary. They’ve been married 23 or 24 years, depending on which character is right, and the anniversary is either that day or the next. Sam (Aaron Pennie) is overworked and not in the mood for celebrating, but Karen approaches it as though their marriage depends on it. This act felt too long in comparison to the two that followed.

In Visitor from Hollywood, successful film producer Jesse Kiplinger (Aaron Pennie) is returning to New York, hoping to rekindle romance with his high school sweetheart Muriel – played to ditzy, demure perfection be Suzanne Shanks, who also shines as the buttoned-down secretary to Sam Nash in the previous act. Married mother of three Muriel seems completely unaware of Jesse’s amorous intentions to begin with. A very funny and very satisfying act.

In Visitor from Forest Hills, Norma (Diana Hoff) waits in the suite for her bride-to-be daughter to unlock the bathroom door. Afraid the wedding won’t happen, she calls on her husband to help, who is played by Tom Macdougall. He’s got a lovely stage presence and mellifluous voice. As Roy Hubley it’s a treat to watch him as the situation grows more desperate and absurd; he and Hoff are very believable in their bickering and attempts to find a solution to the situation. Aaron Pennie demonstrates his versatility by appearing yet again, with yet another distinct character.

Although it doesn’t break new ground, this is a well-polished performance of a classic drawing-room comedy that will appeal to fans of the genre.

Reviews by Emma Gibson

theSpace @ Venue45

Love and Information by Caryl Churchill

C venues - C nova


theSpace on the Mile

The Beanfield

Pleasance Dome

The Hampstead Murder Mystery!

theSpace on the Mile

Marching for Necie

Paradise in The Vault

Women of the Mourning Fields


Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

Neil Simon’s witty and sparkling three act comedy is set in the same hotel suite with three very different couples. The first are celebrating their bittersweet wedding anniversary, the second is the bored film producer working hard at seducing a star-struck old flame and the third act finds the agitated parents of the bride trying to persuade their reluctant daughter to come out of the bathroom and get married.

Most Popular See More

Matilda the Musical

From £25.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Life of Pi

From £19.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £29.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Heathers The Musical

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Everybody's Talking About Jamie

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets