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David Turner

Directed by Edward Wilson

April 3rd-6th, 1968

Semi-Detached is a play written by David Turner. It was commissioned and premiered at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in June 1962 as part of the Festival to celebrate the re-opening of Coventry Cathedral. Leonard Rossiter was in the lead role and directed by Tony Richardson. It transferred to the Saville Theatre London, still directed by Richardson, but with Laurence Olivier (replacing Rossiter), Eileen Atkins, John Thaw, James Bolam (replacing Ian McKellen) and Mona Washbourne. A film version All the Way Up (1970), directed by James MacTaggart, starred Richard Briers. The play was revived at the Chichester Festival in 1999.

Set in the Midlands, Fred Midway is working his way up the social ladder. His desire to be accepted in circles to which he and his family do not really belong occupies much of his energy. Needless to say, at first Fred's carefully laid plans to boost his standing in the local community backfire, before coming right in the end.

Hilda Midway Elizabeth Bannerman
Fred Midway Alastair Bannerman
Tom Midway Mark Humphreys
Eileen Midway Dorothy Faulkner
Robert Freeman Bryan Lowe
Avril Hadfield Sue Spurgin
Nigel Hadfield David Reynolds
Garnet Hadfield Joan Dearden
Arnold Makepiece Geoffrey Butterworth
Stage Manager M L Combridge
Property Mistress Belinda Mencel, Kathleen Aston
Lighting William R Upton
Sound Antony Spurgen
Wardrobe Mistress Zita Reynolds
Make-Up Artiste Catherine Glancey
Prompt Sara Mottram
House Manager John Henshall
Lighting Equipment by Strand Electric
Furniture supplied by Gimbert's of Manchester