Words from Ian McKellen
This early '50s musical was the Christmas entertainment for the company of the Bristol Old Vic, with lyrics by the leading lady and music by the bright Cambridge graduate who was assistant stage-manager. After it transferred to Vaudeville Theatre it survived as the longest running musical in London. Now it was Ipswich’s turn to see what all the fuss was about. We were all very nervous when the Salad Days veteran, Jimmy Cairncross, came to see us.