Summer Holiday

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Summer Holiday is a stage musical by Michael Gyngell[1] and Mark Haddigan, based on a 1963 film.

The original text

Originally a film about a holiday in Europe with a London bus, written by Peter Myers and Ronald Cass and filmed with Cliff Richard and The Shadows, directed by Peter Yates and produced by Kenneth Harper[2]. It was released internationally in 1963.

Not to be confused with the 1948 Hollywood movie of the same name, based on the play Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O'Neill and starring Mickey Rooney[3].

Translations and adaptations

The film was adapted the stage by Michael Gyngell and Mark Haddigan and premiered for a summer season at The Opera House in Blackpool in 1996.

Performance history in South Africa

1998: Presented by In-Concert Theatre executive producer Bernard Jay in , directed by Philip Godawa, featuring Steve Hofmeyr as Don, with Tobie Cronjé, Julie Hartley, Denise Stock and Paul Buckby as Mike. Lighting by Denis Hutchinson, musical director Janine Neethling. Bryan Hill assisted as director and re-staged Quinny Sacks's original choreography.


Summer Holiday theatre programme, 1998.

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