Suburban Strains (1981)

Production Details

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Alan Ayckbourn
Paul Todd
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Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round
Main house (Round)
Round

14 January 1981
14 January 1981
28 March 1981
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Alan Ayckbourn
Paul Todd
Francis Lynch
Jane Smailes
John Hall
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Sarah Bennett


Simon Whitaker
Eric Lumsden
Sue Merry
Philippa Malbon
Character
Caroline
Kevin
Matthew / Mr Oatman
Jilly / Anne / Miss Dent / Milly
Ivor / Mr Grubland
Douglas / Naylor / Howard
Linda / Joanna

The Band
Keyboards
Guitar
Bass Guitar
Drums
Percussion / Keyboards
Actor
Lavinia Bertram
Michael Simkins
Robin Herford
Marcia Warren
Graeme Eton
Russell Dixon
Tessa Peake-Jones


Dave Newton
Iain Hawkins
Paul Morgan
Ron Wray
Paul Todd

Notes

Surburban Strains was revived in January 1981 following its original production in 1980, for a short run in Scarborough before transferring to The Round House in London from 5 February to 14 March 1981. The popularity of the show led to an announcement that following the London run, it would return to Scarborough for nine more performances between 18 - 28 March 1981.
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.

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