The Norman Conquests - Living Together: 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)

Make Yourself At Home first performance: 25 June 1973
Make Yourself At Home world Premiere: 25 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
Note: The original title for the play is used above, this would later be altered in 1974 with Make Yourself At Home retitled Living Together.

London Premiere (1974)

Living Together premiere: 21 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)

Living Together premiere: 5 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)

Living Together first performance: 28 April 1993
Premiere: 24 May 1993
Final performance: 4 September 1993
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)

Premiere: 6 October 2008
Final performance: 20 December 2008
Venue: The Old Vic, London
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

Revival (2017)

First performance: 21 September 2017
Premiere: 3 October 2017
Final performance:
28 October 2017
Venue: Chichester Festival Theatre
Staging: Thrust

Director: Blanche McIntyre
Design: Simon Higlett
Sound: George Dennis
Lighting: Johanna Town
Music: Olly Fox
Character
Reg
Sarah
Ruth
Norman
Annie
Tom
Actor
Jonathan Broadbent
Sarah Hadland
Hattie Ladbury
Trystan Gravelle
Jemima Cooper
John Hollingworth
All research for this page by Simon Murgatroyd.