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Sweet Talk

By Michael Abbensetts
House in Shepherd's Bush , London - The Fletchers' room. Spring. Evening.
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Set in a single room whose walls define its characters' lives, Sweet Talk, the most widely performed of Michael Abbensetts' plays, is a witty, energetic and finally moving account of a marriage in crisis. Since its opening production at the Royal Court where it was directed by Stephen Frears, it has been performed in New York, Canada, Nigeria, Guyana, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands.

Original production

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Original Cast:
Allister Bain Tony
Mona Hammond Rita
Don Warrington Dennis
Sally Watts Sandra
Joan-Ann Maynard Yvonne
Lee William-Davis Oscar
Production Team:
Stephen Frears Director
Rory Dempster Lighting Designer
William Dudley Designer / Programme cover design


Title Year Publisher NT Library
Four Plays: Sweet Talk; Alterations; In the Mood; El Dorado 2001 Oberon No
Sweet Talk 1973 Plays and Players, Vol.20, No.11 No
Sweet Talk: Complete Text 1974 Eyre Methuen No

Union Catalogue

Link Series Reference Archive Info
Production contracts THM/273/4/2/63 English Stage Company at V&A Theatre Collection
Photographs THM/273/6/1/505 English Stage Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Press reviews THM/273/7/2/331 English Stage Company at V&A Theatre Collection  
Poster design THM/273/7/6/16 English Stage Company at V&A Theatre Collection