Daytona at Oxford Plahouse

Oliver Cotton’s terrific tense tale of relationships revisited does refer to Florida’s famous Daytona Beach, but though it plays a vital part in the story, the action is set in a New York Brooklyn apartment in the depths of winter.

maureen-lipman-harry-shearer Maureen Lipman as Elli and Harry Shearer as Joe in Daytona at Watford Palace  (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

It’s 1986 and the apartment is the home of Elli and Joe, a Jewish couple in their seventies who seem pretty well suited, with a shared passion for ballroom dancing that keeps them looking trim and provides a focus for their life together now that they are both retired.

john-bowe as BillyJohn Bowe as Billy in Daytona at Watford Palace  (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

But their comfortable existence, where competitive dancing is the biggest excitement in their lives, is about to be disturbed by the unexpected reappearance in their lives of Billy, Joe’s brother and former business partner, after an absence of thirty years.

Judi Herman has been speaking to Oliver Cotton about his life and this play in particular – please see “Judi Herman Interviews” by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

You can read what Judi thought of the production if you go to “Theatre Reviews” above.


DAYTONA is at the OXFORD PLAYHOUSE from 23rd – 28th September

Box Office: 01865 305305 or online:

The tour is also visiting Malvern and Bath


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