Extra dressing is needed as Salad Days team start work on Stevenage show

Salad Days features a magic piano that makes people want to dance

Salad Days features a magic piano that makes people want to dance - Credit: Archant

If you’ve got a passion for performance and you’d like to join a team gearing up for a May run of a famously frothy musical, here’s your chance – and there won’t be a blood-spattered piano in sight.

The show in question is Salad Days, the upbeat 1950s boy meets girl musical created on this side of the Atlantic in stark contrast to the hard-nosed shows coming out of America at the time.

It was so cheery and charming that the Monty Python team later lampooned in with a version directed by Hollywood shootout king Sam Peckinpah, hence that keyboard covered in gore.

But in its day this slender tale about a young couple who find themselves custodians of a magic piano that makes people want to dance was the longest running show in the West End until My Fair Lady took its crown, and it has been revived many times over the years.

Stevenage’s Lytton Players are planning their production in May, and casting is now in progress – with the plum role of heroine Jane still up for grabs.

Directors Derek Blyth and Slava Budin-Jones and producer Debbie Woolley are also on the lookout for male performers to take the roles of Troppo, PC Boot, Nigel and Fosdyke.

If you’d like to know more, call 01438 726847 or email business@lyttonplayers.co.uk.

You can find out more about the company and other forthcoming productions at www.lyttonplayers.co.uk.

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