State of The Union (1988)

Note: State of The Union was advertised in the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round's 1988 summer season brochure as well as in the press. However, the play was never produced. This page contains what details were announced of the production for historical research. Dates, company members and staging details are included to indicate what was planned for the play had it been performed.

Production Details

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Peter Tinniswood

Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round
Main house (Round)

2 June 1988
6 August 1988
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Round

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Alan Ayckbourn

Vaughan Curtis
Kate Haswell
David O'Neill
Braco Dawson
Sarah Percival

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Notes

> State Of The Union was a new play by Peter Tinniswood advertised for the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round's 1988 summer season. However, the play was not produced and it was replaced in the schedule by J.B. Priestley's Eden End.
> The play was pulled from the schedule and, as far as this author is aware, never completed or presented at any venue. No details are held in archive about the play or why it was dropped from the summer 1988 schedule.
>
State Of The Union was advertised in the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round brochure with the following copy: "The prolific author, playwright and radio dramatist Peter Tinniswood returns to the Stephen Joseph Theatre with a brand new comedy which re-unites the Ayckbourn / Tinniswood director / author axis which so delighted audiences in past seasons with productions of You Should See Us Now (1981) and At The End Of The Day (1983). Warwick is a man in the middle of unions. As publicity officer for a small northern seaside watering town he has arranged Hallam-on-Sands' first ever trades [sic] union conference. It is no coincidence that the President of the Union is Warwick's father-in-law. Nor is it a secret that Warwick's own union with his wife Brenda is, like Hallam-on-Sands itself, rather gracious and run down - after 15 years of marriage, two dogs and disputes over where to live. Brenda's mum and dad aren't too happy either. And then there's the two dogs..."