Ayckbourn's 61st Snake in Grass Premieres at SJTDate: 5 June 2002
Alan Ayckbourn's latest play, Snake in the Grass, his 61st (!), receives its world premiere tonight, 5 June 2002 (previews from 30 May) at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre, where Ayckbourn has been artistic director since 1971. Running until 7 September, Snake in the Grass will be joined in the repertory later this summer by a revival of Ayckbourn's classic 1978 comedy Joking Apart.
Snake in the Grass is Ayckbourn's first thriller since 1994's Haunting Julia. For Annabel and her sister Miriam, their sunlit garden is filled with deeply buried childhood memories. But when night begins to fall, is it only the past which comes back to haunt them? Or something infinitely more terrifying? The two sisters become entangled in a sinister plan that tests their relationship as well as their morality.
Written and directed by Ayckbourn, Snake in the Grass features a three-strong cast of Susie Blake (who recently appeared in Virtual Reality at SJT), Fiona Mollison (best known as Victoria in the television show Hollyoaks) and Rachel Atkins. The actresses will also appear in Joking Apart, which runs from 11 July to 7 September 2002.
The productions are designed by Roger Glossop, with lighting by Mick Hughes, original music by John Pattison and costumes by Christine Wall.