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Before The PartyBased on a short story by Somerset Maugham, Rodney Ackland's Before The Party finds humour in the wake of the Second World War at the expense of the socially aspirational Skinner family. Rarely staged - this production is the first one mounted in over 25 years - this is Ackland's first play at the Almeida and forms part of Michael Attenborough's final season at the Islington theatre. In post-war Britain rationing is still in place but the Skinner family won't let a little nuisance like that get in the way; they've got a party to go to. With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, the unsavoury underbelly of upper middle class life is about to be exposed. Matthew Dunster directs.

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Hilton London Islington Hotel
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel † from £92† 29% off
53 Upper Street, N1 | 4 minutes from Before The Party
The Business Design Centre next door is the obvious attraction for many of the guests at this smart, efficient Hilton Hotel, but Islington's excellent restaurants and ... More
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60 Pentonville Road, N1 | 11 minutes from Before The Party
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Central Street, EC1V | 17 minutes from Before The Party
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Almeida Street, Islington, London N1 | Same location as Before The Party
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115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Before The Party
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Little Angel Theatre
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14 Dagmar Passage, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Before The Party
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14 Dagmar Passage, Cross Street, Islington, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Before The Party
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2-18 Britannia Row, N1 | 4 minutes from Before The Party
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39a Canonbury Square, N1 | 7 minutes from Before The Party
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Barnsbury Hall, Barnsbury Street, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Before The Party
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274 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 2 minutes from Before The Party
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2 Haven Mews, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from Before The Party
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30 Almeida Street, N1 | 1 minute from Before The Party
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141 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Before The Party
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140A Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Before The Party
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Unit 8 The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Road, N7 | 18 minutes from Before The Party
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Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, Holborn, London N1C | 19 minutes from Before The Party
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209-211 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from Before The Party
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153 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 1 minute from Before The Party
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176 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 | 3 minutes from Before The Party
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The Vestry, Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, N1 | 6 minutes from Before The Party
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