Cast announced for The Playhouse Theatre’s “Rules For Living”

Sam Holcroft’s dark comedy about dysfunctional families arrives at The Playhouse Theatre from Tuesday 11 to Saturday 15 December 2018

Far from your standard production documenting family dynamics and societal norms, Rules For Living introduces more and more bizarre, and quite specific, rules as the play goes on.

Edith plans everything with military precision, but her plans are destined to be thrown into disarray. Her son Matthew arrives partnered by a nervously jocular actor, Carrie, but secretly nurses a passion for his sister-in-law, Sheena. And Sheena, a compulsive drinker, is unable to contain her anger at her cynical, underachieving husband, Adam, or her concern for their psychologically damaged daughter, Emma.

The Playhouse cast features a number of familiar faces –

Edith will be played by Gena McCrystal (Love in a Mist, Make Way for Lucia, Deckchairs 2, Brief Encounter (Playhouse Theatre), Genevieve (Spears-Indi)), Matthew by Kevin Evans (Ying Tong, Love in a Mist, Jekyll & Hyde (Playhouse Theatre), A Butler Did It (Charity Players), Hamlet (Masque)) and Carrie will be played by Rebecca Mackenzie (Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin (Group Eight), Out of Focus (Hardingstone Players))

Sheena will be played by Juliet O’Connor (Make Way for Lucia, I Have Been Here Before, Teechers, Kissing Sid James (Playhouse Theatre)), Adam by Stewart Magrath (Ying Tong (Playhouse Theatre), The Crucible, Great Expectations, Market Boy (Royal & Derngate Actors Company), Macbeth (Masque) and Francis will be played by Victor Guse, (Macbeth, Hamlet, The Bacchae (Masque Theatre), Neville’s Island, Moonlight and Magnolias (Playhouse Theatre))

The play is to be directed by Philip Welsh (Brief Encounter, Sextet, Accrington Pals, The Railway Children, Lovesong (Playhouse Theatre))

Rules For Living runs at The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street, Northampton, from 11-15 December 2018. Tickets cost £9 and £8 for concessions, and may be booked by telephoning the box office on 01604 627791 (answerphone) or by emailing All details are on the theatre’s website at