63 years after its first London production, Salad Days returns in an exciting revamp of the much-loved classical musical. Reimagined for the Union Theatre, Bryan Hodgson’s new production is the highlight of this year’s off West-End season running from 16 August to 9 September 2017 at the Union Theatre.
The cast of Salad Days will be led by Lowri Hamer as Jane and Laurie Denman as Tim. Both are making their professional debut having recently graduated from Guildford School of Acting. They will be joined by 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.
Salad Days is the delightful story of recent graduates Tim and Jane in the midst of a sunny summer in 1954. Glum with their overbearing and pushy parents insisting that they ‘find themselves something to do’, Tim and Jane take on a job looking after a piano in a park. Little are they prepared to deal with the magic that follows, getting them into all kinds of musical trouble and choreographic hilarity. Madness ensues!
Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’ timeless musical is an absolute romp of polite naughtiness and saucy encounters, that endeavours to put a smile on your face and a tap in your toes. With an energetic and peppy score featuring songs such as ‘We Said We Wouldn’t Look Back’, ‘Look At Me, I’m Dancing’, and ‘We’re Looking For A Piano’, Salad Days is a classical musical glittered with thoughts of community, love and happiness that are still as necessary and vital today as they have ever been.
For the full 1950’s ‘picnic in the park’ Salad Days experience, there will be special limited-availability front row ‘PICNIC’ seats from which audiences can enjoy front-row action from cushions and blankets spread on the floor.
Salad Days is directed by Bryan Hodgson (Kray Kray at Theatre N16, Judy! at The Arts Theatre), with associate direction by Samuel Hopkins. Choreography is by Joanne McShane (A Christmas Carol at Blackpool Winter Gardens, Bad Girls and Soho Cinders at the Union Theatre), musical direction by Elliot Styche (MAMMA MIA! for RCCL/Little Star, Old Mother Goose and Dick Whittington at York Theatre Royal), set design by Catherine Morgan (The Arsonists and Punk Rock at Courtyard Theatre) and lighting design by Jack Weir (Summer In London at Theatre Royal Stratford East, The Boys In The Band at the Vaudeville). Sasha Regan is producing for the Union Theatre, with Ben Dewynter co-producing.
Salad Days runs at the Union Theatre in Southwark from 16 August – 9 September 2017.