Don’t Dress for Dinner

Over 2,400 performances.

There were many unpredictable fluctuations in cast over the six-year run of this production – eg, Jane How and Su Pollard, having left in December 1991, returned to their roles for a few months from April 1992. Similarly, Jacki Piper did a year in the show (1993–94), before doing a second, shorter stint ending on 8th April 1995.

Cast & Crew

Cast

Bernard
George
Jacqueline
Robert
Suzanne
Suzette
Jacqueline (replacement)
  (started 9th December 1991)
Robert (replacement)
  (started 9th December 1991)
Suzanne (replacement)
  (started 9th December 1991)
Suzette (replacement)
  (started 9th December 1991)
Bernard (replacement)
  (started July 1992)
George (replacement)
  (started July 1992)
Jacqueline (replacement)
  (started July 1992)
Suzanne (replacement)
  (started July 1992)
Suzette (replacement)
  (started July 1992)
Jacqueline (replacement)
  (started 1993)
George (replacement)
  (started 1994)
Jacqueline (replacement)
  (started 1994)
Robert (replacement)
  (started 1994)
Suzanne (replacement)
  (started 1994)
Suzette (replacement)
  (started 1994)
Jacqueline (replacement)
  (started 1995)
Robert (replacement)
  (started 1995)
Suzanne (replacement)
  (started 1995)
Suzette (replacement)
  (started 1995)

Crew

Adaptation
Designer
Director
Lighting
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Company Manager
Costume Supervisor
Wardrobe Mistress

Photographs

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Play description

DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER is set in a country house some distance from Paris. Bernard and his wife, Jacqueline, have converted an old farm building to use at weekends. On this weekend, Bernard is planning to entertain his mistress while Jacqueline visits her mother.

He’s quickly out-manoeuvred by his stylish wife when she discovers that his alibi, her lover Robert, is coming to keep Bernard company. Add a cordon bleu cook who’s mistaken for the mistress and you have all the ingredients for a naughty French weekend.

A previous adaptation of this play, HAPPY BIRTHDAY by Beverley Cross, was presented at the Apollo Theatre in 1979.

Photo credits

Observations

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