Teeth 'n' Smiles is a musical play written by David Hare.
The play was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre on 2 September 1975.
It was subsequently revived at Wyndhams Theatre in May 1976 (directed by the playwright), at the Oxford Playhouse in October 1977 and at the Crucible Theatre in 2002.
|Character||Description||Played by (1975)||Played by (1976)||Played by (1977)||Played by (2002)|
|Arthur||songwriter||Jack Shepherd||Martin Shaw||Frank Grimes||Scott Handy|
|Inch||roadie||Karl Howman||Karl Howman||Peter Attard||Nicholas Tennant|
|Laura||p.r.||Cherie Lunghi||Gay Hamilton||Belinda Lang||Lucy Briers|
|Nash||drummer||Rene Augustus||Charlie Grima||Stephen Price||Justin Pickett|
|Wilson||keyboard||Mick Ford||Mick Ford||Kevin Elyot||Zubin Varla|
|Snead||porter||Roger Hume||Roland MacLeod||Noel Collins||Robert Calvert|
|Peyote||bass guitar||Hugh Fraser||Hugh Fraser||David Cardy||Keith-Lee Castle|
|Smegs||lead guitar||Andrew Dickson||Andrew Dickson||Larry Whitehurst||Lance Burman|
|Anson||student||Antony Sher||Antony Sher||Peter Whitman||Dominic Charles-Rouse|
|Maggie||vocals||Helen Mirren||Helen Mirren||Cheryl Kennedy||Amanda Donohoe|
|Saraffian||manager||Dave King||Dave King||Patrick O'Connell||Ivan Kaye|
|Randolph||star||Heinz||Heinz||Tom Wilkinson||William Maidwell|
|Technician||technician||Ian Elliott / David Charkham||David Cross / Kit Thacker||Steve Morley|
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In a 1979 production in the USA, Maggie was played by Ellen Greene.
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The songs in the play were written by Nick Bicât (music) and Tony Bicât (lyrics) and were -
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