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The Good Life

The Good Life

Adapted by Jeremy Sams
By John Esmonde & Bob Larbey
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040337, 112 pages, October 2021


When Tom and Barbara Good decide to exchange the pressures of the rat race for an alternative, more sustainable way of living, they set about turning their suburban home in Surbiton into a model of self-sufficiency. They grow their own fruit and veg, keep livestock in the garden, make their own clothes, and even generate their own electricity from manure.

It's the good life for them – but not for Margo and Jerry Leadbetter, who live next door, and are desperately trying to maintain the Surbiton status quo.

Jeremy Sams' stage play, based on the hugely popular sitcom by John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, reunites the well-loved characters (not forgetting Geraldine the goat) as they get themselves into and out of scrapes – some old, some new, all hilarious.

Tapping into issues that resonate now more than ever, The Good Life is a witty reimagining of a television classic, with a wellyful of laughs that's sure to delight audiences everywhere.


"Fans will be pleased to hear that some of the funniest of the Goods' adventures are on offer, while new slants recognise the march of time on the ecology front."

- The Stage

"Couldn't be more timely... cracking comedy... A feel-good psychedelic 70s trip."

- Broadway World

"Funny and warm and feel-good... a slice of pure nostalgia – whether you were a fan of the TV series of not."

- The Reviews Hub