Before the Party

Audio-described performance Drama and comedy Theatre Touch tour

Audio described in-house

A Salisbury Playhouse Production in the Main House

“But darling what will people think if the sister’s wearing mourning and the widow’s dressed in pink?”

The war is over and the Skinner family is trying to return to normal. If only the blasted Government wasn’t such a nuisance about the rations and Cook could get some more of those delicious delicacies.

With daughter Laura returned from Africa, widowed but not alone, they prepare for the latest social gathering.

Amidst the never-ending whirl of hats and dresses and below stairs skirmishes, Laura reveals a shocking secret that threatens to ruin more than one party on the climb to social success.

Before the Party is based on a short story by Somerset Maugham. Rodney Ackland’s hilarious adaptation is a sizzling portrayal of the upper middle classes adjusting to post-war life.

Booking information

Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.

Touch Tours are free and take place 90 minutes before the performance starts. To book your place on a touch tour call the ticket office on 01722 320 333.

Please note this is an audio described performance at an independent venue.  Every effort has been made to ensure that these details are correct; however, please do double check with the venue for the availability of introductory notes and touch tours when booking.


Box Office 01722 320 333 Box Office


Salisbury Playhouse

Malthouse LaneSalisburySP2 7RA
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