Taking Steps

The Round2 hours 40 minutes, inc 20-min intervalTheatre

"For my money, the funniest play in the English language - bar none!” Robin Herford


Written and directed by Alan Ayckbourn
Designer: Kevin Jenkins
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes CDG

Key Cast:

Russell Dixon: Roland
Antony Eden: Tristram
Laura Matthews: Kitty
Laurence Pears: Mark
Louise Shuttleworth: Elizabeth
Leigh Symonds: Leslie

Price: £25 - £10

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13 July - 5 October 2017

When tongue-tied solicitor Tristram is sent along to oversee the sale of a large and crumbling house, reputedly a haunted former brothel, he may have bitten off more than he can chew. Hardware tycoon Roland Crabbe and scheming builder Leslie Bainbridge are not easy clients and Roland’s wife, Elizabeth is on the brink of leaving with the help of her brother Mark and his shrinking-violet fiancée, Kitty.

Misunderstandings multiply and play out in every corner of the three-storey house.

In 1979 on the original opening night of Alan Ayckbourn’s brilliantly clever and outrageously funny farce the laughter was so loud it broke the theatre’s tannoy system.

“Genuinely funny… everyone in the cast performed with impeccable comic timing.”
Northern Soul

“An ingenious comedy with a savage undertone… a great piece of intelligent entertainment.”
The Times

“Make sure you take steps to see this superbly directed, exquisitely performed Ayckbourn classic.”
The Press (York)

“…the laughs come thick and fast.”
British Theatre Guide

“This is farce at its wickedly funny best by a master of the craft.”
Scarborough News

“…cleverly cast, beautifully paced, unfailingly ingenious and very funny.”
The Reviews Hub

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Age guidance: 12+

"Without question, the most exciting opening night of my life as an actor. As Alan's sensational comic masterpiece with its magical set revealed itself to an audience for the very first time, we were met by gales of laughter so strong and prolonged that we were forced to pause - and wait! They just wouldn't let us continue. They were helpless with laughter. For my money, the funniest play in the English language - bar none!”
Robin Herford (Mark in the original production)


13 July 2017, 7.00pm

14 July 2017, 7.30pm

15 July 2017, 2.30pm

15 July 2017, 7.30pm

17 July 2017, 7.30pm

18 July 2017, 7.30pm

19 July 2017, 7.30pm

20 July 2017, 1.30pm

20 July 2017, 7.00pm

26 July 2017, 7.30pm

27 July 2017, 1.30pm

27 July 2017, 7.00pm

28 July 2017, 7.30pm

29 July 2017, 2.30pm

29 July 2017, 7.30pm

14 August 2017, 7.30pm

15 August 2017, 7.30pm

21 August 2017, 7.30pm

22 August 2017, 7.30pm

23 August 2017, 7.30pm

8 September 2017, 7.30pm

9 September 2017, 2.30pm

9 September 2017, 7.30pm

11 September 2017, 7.30pm

12 September 2017, 7.30pm

16 September 2017, 7.30pm

19 September 2017, 7.30pm

20 September 2017, 1.30pm

20 September 2017, 7.30pm

22 September 2017, 7.30pm

23 September 2017, 2.30pm

28 September 2017, 1.30pm

28 September 2017, 7.00pm

29 September 2017, 7.30pm

4 October 2017, 7.30pm

5 October 2017, 1.30pm

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough