Taking Steps (1979)

Production Details

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Alan Ayckbourn
Yes

Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round
Main house (Round)
Round

27 September 1979
28 September 1979
5 January 1980
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Alan Ayckbourn
Paul Todd

Sean O'Neill
Eric Lumsden
Nina Edwards
Character
Elizabeth
Mark, her brother
Tristram, a solicitor
Roland, Elizabeth's husband
Leslie, a builder
Kitty, Mark's fiancee
Actor
Alison Skilbeck
Robin Herford
Robin Bowerman
John Arthur
Jeffrey Robert
Lavinia Bertram

Notes

Taking Steps is the only play by Alan Ayckbourn specifically written for in-the-round performance. It can - and has frequently - been performed end-stage, but the playwright feels this is to miss the point of the play.
The actor Robin Murphy was originally cast as Leslie, but during the read-through of the play, he apparently announced he did not like the play leading to a confrontation with Alan Ayckbourn. The actor left, was replaced by Jeffrey Robert and did not work with the Scarborough company again.
Famously, the volume of laughter in the first night blew the theatre’s internal relay system!

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All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd. Image copyright: Scarborough Theatre Trust