Salad Days


*Music samples provided courtesy of Jay Records.

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  • Jane and Timothy Dawes meet in a park, soon after their graduation, to plan their lives. They agree to get married, and do so in secret, but Timothy’s parents have urged him to ask his various influential uncles—a Minister, a Foreign Office official, a General, a scientist—to find him suitable employment. He and Jane, however, decide that he must take the first job that he is offered. A passing tramp offers them £7 a week to look after his mobile piano for a month, and, upon accepting, they discover that when the piano plays it gives everyone within earshot an irresistible desire to dance!

    After attempts by the Minister of Pleasure and Pastime (Timothy’s Ministerial uncle) to ban the disruptive music, the piano vanishes, and Timothy enlists his scientific Uncle Zed to take them in his flying saucer to retrieve it. When it is found, the tramp reappears to tell them that their month is up and the piano must be passed on to another couple. He also reveals that he is a hitherto unknown uncle of Timothy (whose parents had referred to “the one we don’t mention”). Timothy and Jane look forward to the future with confidence.

  • Music by Julian Slade
    Book and Lyrics by Dorothy Reynolds and Julian Slade

  • Instrumentation: 2 Parts

    1 Bass
    1 Percussion
    Piano (Piano-Conductor’s Score sent with rehearsal material)

  • 1       Piano Conductor’s Score
    1       Prompt Book for Director
    22     Prompt Books for Cast
    40     Chorus-Vocal Parts

  • ACT I
    The Tramp
    Mr. Dawes, his father
    Mrs. Dawes, his mother
    Aunt Prue
    Lady Reyburne
    P. C. Boot
    A Bishop
    Sir Clamsby Williams (Uncle Clam)
    Fosdyke (his attache)
    A Police Inspector
    Nigel Danvers

    ACT II
    Manager (of the Cleopatra Night Club)
    A Waitress
    A Slave
    A Dancer
    Asphinxia (a singer)
    Augustine Williams
    Tom Smith
    Ambrose (a dress designer)
    Prof. Zebediah Dawes (Uncle Zed)

    Dons, Passersby, Beauticians, Models, etc.

  • Salad Days premiered in the UK at the Theatre Royal, Bristol in June 1954, and transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in London on 5 August 1954,[5] running for 2,283 performances to become the longest-running show in musical theatre history until overtaken by My Fair Lady in the U.S. (1956) and Oliver! in the U.K. (1960).

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