A brand new staging of Richard Harris’s award-winning comedy Stepping Out starring Amanda Holden, Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman, Tamzin Outhwaite and Nicola Stephenson, opens at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 12th October to Saturday 22nd October prior to a short UK tour and West End transfer, directed by multi award-winning Maria Friedman.
Wonderfully funny and heart-warming, Stepping Out charts the lives of seven women and one man attempting to tap their troubles away at a weekly dancing class. Initially all thumbs and left feet, the group is just getting to grips with the basics when they are asked to take part in a charity gala. Over the course of several months we meet the group, and all of them have a story to tell. There’s perfectionist Vera, mouthy Maxine and uptight Andy, bubbly Sylvia and shy Dorothy, eager Lynne and cheerful Rose, and, of course, Geoffrey. At the piano is the dour Mrs Fraser and spurring them all on, the ever-patient Mavis.
Best known as a three-time Olivier Award winning star of the musical stage, director Maria Friedman made her directorial debut in 2012 with a hugely acclaimed staging of Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along. Last year, she directed a highly praised production of Cole Porter’s High Society at The Old Vic in London.
This uplifting comedy originally premiered in the West End in 1984 starring Barbara Ferris and Marcia Warren – winning the prestigious Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy – and enjoying extended runs both in the West End and on Broadway. Stepping Out has also been made into a musical, which became a film in 1991, starring Julie Walters, Liza Minnelli and Shelley Winters.
A prolific writer for both television and stage, Richard Harris’s credits include A Touch of Frost, Shoestring, The Darling Buds of May, The Last Detective, and Outside Edge, which won the Writer’s Guild Best Comedy Award, the British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Drama Series and the Television and Radio Industries Club Award for Best Comedy.
Stepping Out appears at the Theatre Royal Bath from Wednesday 12th October to Saturday 22nd October. Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844 and online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk