Set in London during the early sixties, Alfie Elkins
introduces himself to the audience after emerging from
his car and yet another 'back-seat romance' this time
with Siddie. Our ladykiller hero Alfie then continues
through a series of commitment-free relationships
leaving in his wake a trail of devoted women. It is
only his attachment to Gilda which shows any potential
for a meaningful relationship and yet Alfie eventually
abandons even her,along with a newborn baby.
Fortunately for Gilda, the long suffering yet faithful
Humphrey is there to pick up the pieces of her life.
Hospitalised by a bout of tuberculosis, Alfie proceeds
to try and foist his own lifestyle onto fellow
sufferer Harry. His next conquest is stolen from his
rival Lofty until the mundane Annie propels him into
the arms of
the sexy Ruby.
The transformation from the happy-go-lucky first half
of the play sees the audience seized by the
less-than-exciting life of Lily, Harry's wife.
To our surprise, Alfie can't help himself seduce even
her. Tragically, she becomes pregnant and goes to his
flat for what at the time was an illegal termination
by the back-street abortionist Mr Smith. On seeing the
aborted fetus lying in a dish on the table, Alfie
falls apart in a scene of self-realisation and flees,
abandoning Lily to her fate. Alfie's life is now
coming back to haunt him and finding Ruby in a
relationship with his rival Lofty - a younger man - is
as much as he can take. Now Alfie is learning life's
lessons himself. Siddie has also moved on and
reappears at the end of the play to bring the action