Synopsis

Taking Steps

Taking Steps $12.99

Alan Ayckbourn

Published by Samuel French Ltd

4 Male 2 Female

Roland, a hard drinking tycoon, is considering buying an old Victorian house, once a brothel

His solicitor and the vendor, a builder, arrive to complete the deal

Also in the house are his wife, a frustrated dancer who is always considering leaving him, her brother and later the brother's fiancee, who is uncertain whether or not to run away

In the course of one hectic night and morning, with continual running up and downstairs and in and out of rooms, these characters each immersed in a personal problem try to sort themselves out

The first act curtain finds the solicitor in bed with the wife thinking her to be a ghost and the fiancee inadvertently shut in the attic cupboard by the distraught tycoon who has taken refuge there in the spare bed

All this takes place in a highly ingenious and original setting in which all the rooms, passages and stairs are on a single level

REVIEWS

"A farce of riotous delight" ~ Evening News

"Superbly funny hilarious" ~ Guardian

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