Union Theatre to stage Salad Days 63 years after its West End debut

Classic British musical Salad Days will return to London next month over six decades since it made its West End debut.

Reimagined for the Union Theatre later this month, director Bryan Hodgson’s new production of the show which debuted in the capital in 1954 will play a strictly limited season at the Off-West End venue from 16 August until 9 September.

Originally written as a summer musical for the Bristol Old Vic’s resident company, Salad Days features music by Julian Slade and lyrics by Slade and Dorothy Reynolds.

Taking its title from a line in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra, the musical focuses on two students who, following graduation, take on the job of looking after a piano in the park for the summer.

With recent Guildford School of Acting graduates Lowri Hamer and Laurie Denman [pictured] both making their professional debuts in the central roles of Jane and Tim, the production has been designed to give the audience a full 1950s ‘picnic in the park’ experience. A limited number of special front row ‘picnic’ seats will be available from which audiences will be able to enjoy the show from picnic-style cushions and blankets on the floor.

The cast will also include: Maeve Byrne as Asphynxia, Darrie Gardner as Mrs Dawes, James Gulliford as Nigel, Emma Lloyd as Rowena, Lewis McBean as Tom/Fosdyke, Sophie Millett as Lady Raeburn, Karl Moffatt as Uncle Clam, Tom Norman as Boot, Stephen Patrick as The Inspector, Francesca Pim as Fiona, James Seickell as Troppo, Tom Self as The Tramp and Ashlee Young as Marguerite.

Announcing the production, the show’s director Hodgson said: “Salad Days is one of the all-time classics and I’m honoured to be reviving it at such a wonderful venue as the Union Theatre. We’re hoping to build a unique experience that will leave you tapping your toes ’til next Tuesday!”

Hodgson heads a creative team that includes: associate director Samuel Hopkins; choreographer Joanne McShane; musical director Elliot Styche; set designer Catherine Morgan; and lighting designer Jack Weir. Sasha Regan will produce for the Union Theatre, with Ben Dewynter co-producing.

Angela Thomas



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