The Norman Conquests - Table Manners: Significant Productions

This page contains details of significant productions of Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, such as the world and London premieres as well as Ayckbourn-directed revivals. It is not a complete list of productions given how frequently it has been performed by professionals and amateur companies around the world.

World Premiere (1973)

First performance: 18 June 1973
World premiere: 18 June 1973
Final performance: 15 September 1973
Venue: Library Theatre, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: David Price
Costumes: Christine Welch

Stage Manager: David Price
Deputy Stage Manager: Allan Took
Assistant Stage Manager: Robert Benfield

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Stanley Page
Alex Marshall
Janet Dale
Christopher Godwin
Rosalind Adams
Ronald Herdman

The play was originally titled
Fancy Meeting You but was was retitled the following year to Table Manners.

London Premiere (1974)

London premiere: 9 May 1974
Final performance: 29 June 1974
Venue: Greenwich Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Alan Pickford
Lighting: Nick Chelton

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Mark Kingston
Penelope Keith
Penelope Wilton
Tom Courtenay
Felicity Kendal
Michael Gambon

London Transfer (1974)

Transfer premiere: 1 August 1974
Final performance: 13 March 1976
Venue: Globe Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Alan Pickford
Lighting: Nick Chelton

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Mark Kingston
Penelope Keith
Bridget Turner
Tom Courtenay
Felicity Kendal
Michael Gambon

Note:
Penelope Wilton returned to the role of Ruth during a period when Bridget Turner was 'indisposed' during the production run.

London Recast / Transfer (1975)

Recast first performance: 2 June 1975 (TBC)
Venue: Globe Theatre, London
Staging: End-stage

Transfer first performance: 1 December 1975
Final performance: 13 March 1976
Venue: Apollo Theatre
Staging: End-stage

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Alan Pickford
Lighting: Nick Chelton

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Ivor Danvers
Sheila Ballantine
Julia McKenzie
Ronald Pickup
Brigit Forsyth
Julian Holloway

North American Premiere (1975)

Premiere: 10 October 1975
Final performance: 29 November 1976
Venue: Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Robert Randolph
Lighting: Robert Randolph
Costumes: Noel Taylor

Character
Norman
Tom
Reg
Sarah
Annie
Ruth

Actor
Richard Benjamin
Ken Howard
Barry Nelson
Estelle Parsons
Paula Prentiss
Carole Shelley

New York Premiere (1975)

Premiere: 7 December 1975
Final performance: 19 June 1976
Performances: 68 (per play)
Venue: Morosco Theatre

Director: Eric Thompson
Design: Robert Randolph
Lighting: Robert Randolph

Character
Norman
Tom
Reg
Sarah
Annie
Ruth

Actor
Richard Benjamin
Ken Howard
Barry Nelson
Estelle Parsons
Paula Prentiss
Carole Shelley

Note: During the course of the run, Don Murray replaced Barry Nelson as Tom and Elaine Heyman replaced Carole Shelley as Ruth.

Revival (1993)

First performance: 21 April
Premiere: 24 May 1993
Final performance: 4 September 1983
Venue: Stephen Joseph Theatre In The Round, Scarborough
Staging: Round

Director: Alan Ayckbourn
Design: Roger Glossop
Lighting: Jackie Staines
Music: John Pattison

Stage Manager: Philip Rees
Deputy Stage Manager: Erica Jane Fletcher
Assistant Stage Manager: Emma Gordon

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Adrian McLoughlin
Jane Maud
Buffy Davis
Peter Lindford
Dariel Pertwee
Andrew Charleson

London Revival (2008)

London premiere: 6 October 2008
Final performance: 20 December 2008
Venue: The Old Vic, London
Staging: Round

New York premiere: 7 April 2009
Final performance: 25 July 2009
Venue: Circle In The Square, New York
Staging: Round

Director: Matthew Warchus
Design: Rob Howell
Sound: Simon Baker
Lighting: David Howe
Music: Gary Yershon

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Paul Ritter
Amanda Root
Amelia Bullmore
Stephen Mangan
Jessica Hynes
Ben Miles

New York Revival (2009)

Premiere: 7 April 2009
Final performance: 25 July 2009
Venue: Circle In The Square, New York
Staging: Round

Director: Matthew Warchus
Design: Rob Howell
Sound: Simon Baker
Lighting: David Howe
Music: Gary Yershon

Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom

Actor
Paul Ritter
Amanda Root
Amelia Bullmore
Stephen Mangan
Jessica Hynes
Ben Miles

All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.

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