Stepping Out

Stepping Out Tickets

Vaudeville Theatre
West End

A new production of Stepping Out directed by Maria Friedman opens at the Vaudeville Theatre in March 2017 in London's West End, following a run at the Theatre Royal Bath, the Richmond Theatre and the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Amanda Holden stars in the production alongside Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Tamzin Outhwaite.

Richard Harris' play Stepping Out opened in London at the Duke of York's Theatre, on 24 September 1984 where it ran for almost three years until 1 July 1987. Originally opening in 1984 at the Leatherhead Theatre where it was directed by Julia McKenzie the London transfer was awarded the Evening Standard Award for Best Comedy in the 1984 awards season. The original London production starred Barbara Ferris (Mavis), Sheri Shepstone (Mrs. Fraser), Charlotte Barker (Lynne), Josephine Gordon (Dorothy), Barbara Young (Maxine), Gabrielle Lloyd (Andy), Ben Aris (Geoffrey), Diane Langton (Sylvia), Peggy Phango (Rose) and Marcia Warren (Vera).

Following the successful London run Stepping Out transferred to Broadway's John Golden Theatre in 1987 where it ran for 73 performances in a production directed by Tommy Tune.

A film adaptation of Stepping Out was released in 1991 starring Liza Minnelli, and Julie Walters. The original play continues to be a favourite of amateur theatre and rep companies around the world, and frequently tours the UK.

Richard Harris was inspired to write the play after his late wife, actress Hilary Crane returned to dance classes in her local village hall. Harris visited the tap-dance classes, watching through the window and finding inspiration in the situation and characters.

A musical version of Stepping Out was also produced and featured a book by Richard Harris, lyrics by Mary Stewart-David and music by Denis King. It opened at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 1996 and transferred to the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward) in the West End in 1997.


Stepping Out Synopsis: 

Stepping Out follows eight individuals from a mix of backgrounds who find themselves together in a North London church hall for a weekly tap dancing class. Whilst they begin the class for a variety of reasons, their motivations develop as we begin to meet each of the characters. Many begin the class with a lack of coordination and skill but as the weeks develop they each begin to master the basics, leading to a performance at a charity gala. The group continue to tap their troubles away and their distinct personalities begin to shine through, creating a funny and heart-warming comedy.

Richard Harris
Maria Friedman
Peter Mumford
Gregory Clarke
Robert Jones
Tim Jackson
Cast list: 
Amanda Holden (Vera), Angela Griffin (Sylvia), Tracy-Ann Oberman (Maxine), Tamzin Outhwaite (Mavis), Nicola Stephenson (Dorothy)
Stepping Out Schedule
Previews from: 
Wednesday, 1 March, 2017
Opening date: 
Tuesday, 14 March, 2017
Available from: 
Wednesday, 1 March, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 17 June, 2017
404 Strand, London, WC2R 0NH
Nearest tube:
Charing Cross

Latest Stepping Out News & Features

Friday, September 23, 2016
Interview with Amanda Holden star of Stepping Out in London's West End

Actress and TV personality Amanda Holden is no stranger to the West End stage having previously starred in the London premiere of Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award, and Shrek the Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.

Stepping Out
Friday, September 23, 2016
Amanda Holden stars in Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre in London

It has been announced that Amanda Holden will star in a new production of Richard Harris' comedy Stepping Out at the Vaudeville Theatre from 1 March 2017 in London's West End. The production transfers to London following a run at the Theatre Royal Bath, Richmond Theatre and the Chichester Festival Theatre.

Friday, September 23, 2016
Stepping Out - a History of Richard Harris' Comedy

A new production of Richard Harris' Stepping Out has announced that it will open at the Vaudeville Theatre following a brief UK tour. Amanda Holden stars as Vera opposite Angela Griffin, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Tamzin Outhwaite in a production directed by Olivier Award-winning performer Maria Friedman.

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