A Debate in One Sitting

8th October 1986

Barbican Theatre, RSC

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This Royal Shakespeare Company production of Shaw’s comedy opened at the Barbican Theatre on 8th October 1986, playing in repertoire thereafter with other plays from the RSC season. The final performance was on the 21st February 1987.

Photographs by Donald Cooper


Written byGeorge Bernard Shaw

Creative Team

DirectorJohn Caird
Set and Costume DesignerRoger Butlin
Lighting DesignerDavid Hersey
Sound byJohn A Leonard
Company Voice Work by David Carey
Assistant DirectorJames Runcie
Stage ManagerCharles Evans
Deputy Stage ManagerDiana Durant
Assistant Stage ManagerRichard Talbot


John TarletonBrian Cox
Julius BakerMick Ford
Johnny TarletonRichard Garnett
Hypatia TarletonCaroline Goodall
Lina SzczepanowskaJane Lapotaire
Bentley SummerhaysRichard McCabe
Lord SummerhaysJoseph O'Connor
Mrs TarletonElizabeth Spriggs
Joey PercivalSimon Treves
TarletonFrank Harling
Bentley / The ManThomas Kett
LinaNimmy March
SummerhaysBrian Moorhead
HypatiaSally Pearson
Johnny / JoeyPaul Spence
Mrs TarletonElizabeth Stewart


Assistant to the Designer Clare Young / Jonathan Allen
Scenery Built and Painted byTerry Murphy (Scenery) Ltd.
Engineering by P E Kemp (Engineering)
Additional Painting byHarkers Studios
Tree byTheatre Studios
Vista bySue Dunlop / Christina Nash
Sky Frame byMike Barnet and B T Skip Ltd.
Property Supervision byRichard Christie and Partners
Costumes byRST Production Wardrobe
Tailoring byArthur Davey / Alan Selzer / Henry Maclean
Hats byAnn Gainsford / Herbert Johnson
Corset byGwen Russell / Jeanette Haslam
Programme Compiled and Edited byMargaret Gaskin
Designed byKevin Scally / Paton-Walker Associates