A new production of Stepping Out directed by Maria Friedman is now open at the Vaudeville Theatre in London's West End. It follows a run at the Theatre Royal Bath, the Richmond Theatre and the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Amanda Holden stars in the production alongside Natalie Casey, Tracy-Ann Oberman, and Nicola Stephenson.
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.