The play is a West End farce, a genre that Frayn parodied five years later in "Nothing On," the play within his play Noises Off.
In Donkeys' Years six former students spend the weekend at their old university college for their 25th year reunion. The wife of the Master of the college becomes locked within its walls for the night, supplying the material for a classical bedroom farce. A cabinet minister is placed in a series of embarrassing positions.
A revival of the play in 2006 at the Comedy Theatre received enthusiastic reviews.