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Sweet Talk

By Michael Abbensetts

Year staged: 1973

Opening night: 31/07/1973

Theatre Company: English Stage Company

Staged in: Royal Court Theatre

Cast Size: 6


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.

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Sweet Talk

Publisher: Oberon

Year published: 2001

Original Cast

Allister Bain


Mona Hammond


Don Warrington


Sally Watts


Joan-Ann Maynard


Lee William-Davis


Production Team

Rory Dempster

Lighting Designer

Stephen Frears


William Dudley

Designer / Programme cover design

Additional Materials

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Production Contracts

Ref: THM/273/4/2/63

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Link to Press Reviews

Press Reviews

Ref: THM/273/7/2/331

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Poster Design

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