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Stepping Out
On from 15 Nov 2011 till 10 Dec 2011
Union Theatre
by Richard Harris
Genre(s): Comedy

Tickets: £18.00 / (£15.00 concessions)

About: Stepping Out

Stepping Out was written in 1984. It was produced in the West End where it received the Evening Standard Comedy of the Year award before it transferred to Broadway.

This hilarious and much-loved comedy follows the escapades of Mavis and an unlikely group of adult tappers in North London church hall as they prepare for their first public performance.

The inspiration for the show came from Richard’s late wife; “My wife started her career as a dancer…so she went down to the local dance class and when she came back she suggested that I should go and have a look as she felt there might be a play in it for me”.
Taking his wife’s advice, Harris visited the local church hall. “My wife hadn’t been to the tap dance class…she went to join a modern dance group, so it was pure luck that I happened to go there and look through the window… It struck me that they all seemed to be thoroughly enjoying themselves and I thought if I could capture that…it might be a winner.


One of the great things about this play is its versatility and it is a shame that this production is set in the 1980s rather than 2011. These characters were created over 25 years ago but they are still well and alive in our society today; not to mention the relevancy of this play to our political and economical backdrop. Some of the scene changes in Act I seem a little disjointed but Act II flows more naturally. There is a nice foreword by Richard Harris in the programme where he explains how he got his idea for Stepping Out. His words should be suitable encouragement for budding playwrights.
On the whole, this is a charming production and one to escape to from the gloomy news and events that pervade our lives. I didn’t want it to end.

'genuinely uplifting and celebratory.' The Stage

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