It’s Christmas Eve at the Riviera Hotel in Eastbourne. Ashley Dodds, the assistant manager, is excited to be left in charge at last – he’s going to make it the best Riviera Christmas ever. Unfortunately, his plans go awry from the moment the guests start arriving…
A bizarre collection of guests arrive at the hotel for the Christmas holiday. Some are looking for love, others are looking to escape their loved ones; some want to re-create the past; others want to put the past behind them. What they all have in common is that the Christmas spent here changes all of their lives forever.
Christmas At The Riviera features an all-star cast. Warren Clarke (Dalziel and Pascoe) plays the cantankerous Maurice whose life is turned around by this unforgettable Christmas, with Barbara Flynn as his wife Rita, who’s been hiding a family secret for years. Pam Ferris (Rosemary and Thyme) is Avril, the aging man-eating divorcee desperate to find love and long-term happiness.
Reece Shearsmith (League of Gentlemen) plays the hapless assistant manager Ashley Dodds, who rises to the occasion when disaster strikes; Alexander Armstrong (Life Begins) is the philandering Reverend Miles Rogers and Anna Chancellor (Spooks) is his long-suffering alcoholic wife, Diane.
Thursday, 25 December, 8:30pm