Salad Days


It's a show that famously inspired a seven-year-old Cameron Mackintosh to fall in love with the theatre, and this production made me realise why that might be.

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The Award-winning Salad Days written in 1952 as a summer musical for the Bristol Old Vic transferred to the  Vaudeville where it became the longest-running show in musical theatre history (2,283 performances.). The Guardian called it “the gayest piece of entertainment since The Mikado!”

Referring to Anthony’s youth in Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra, it’s the light-hearted tale of recent graduates Timothy and Jane, who, unhappy with their pushy parents to find a job, decide to take on the responsibility of looking after a piano in a park! Little are they prepared to deal with the magic and madness that follows.

Julian Slade and Dorothy Reynolds’ timeless musical is an absolute romp of polite naughtiness and saucy encounters, that puts 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 classic musical glittered with thoughts of community, love, and happiness that are still as necessary and vital today as they have ever been. 

A production full of the “feel good factor” and right now this is a perfect antidote to the outside world

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