Suburban Strains (1980)

Production Details

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Alan Ayckbourn
Paul Todd

Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round
Main house (Round)

17 January 1980
18 January 1980
9 February 1980
New play:

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No
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Round

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Alan Ayckbourn
Paul Todd
John Hall
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Sarah Bennett

Amanda Saunders
Miles Andrews
Eric Lumsden

Character
Caroline
Kevin
Matthew / Mr Oatman
Jilly / Anne / Miss Dent / Milly
Ivor / Mr Grubland
Douglas / Naylor / Howard
Linda / Joanna

The Band
Keyboards
Guitar / Banjo
Strings / Electric Bass
Drums / Percussion
Percussion / Keyboards

Actor
Lavinia Bertram
Robin Bowerman
Robin Herford
Alison Skilbeck
Jeffrey Robert
John Arthur
Nina Edwards


Chris Achenbach
Iain Hawkins
Pete Mentzell
Ron Wray
Paul Todd

Notes

> Suburban Strains was Alan Ayckbourn's first full length musical contribution with the composer Paul Todd. It was his first full-length musical to be presented in Scarborough, although he had previously collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the West End musical Jeeves in 1975.
>
Suburban Strains saw a double revolve installed in the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, which was used to indicate the plot going forward or backwards in time during the musical.
> A 'concert' version of
Suburban Strains was presented on Sunday 7 September 1980 in the Studio at the Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round in which a selection of songs were presented from the musical.

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