Taking Steps (1979)

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Alan Ayckbourn

Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round
Main house (Round)

27 September 1979
28 September 1979
5 January 1980
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Round

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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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