Salad Days was written to fill a three week gap in the Summer season at the Bristol Old Vic in June 1954. Julian Slade, the musical director and composer at the theatre, joined with actress Dorothy Reynolds to write this gentle, frivolous tale of a magic piano. The show took on a life of its own, transferred to London and eventually outran even Oklahoma! in a staggering five and a half year, 2283 performance run at the traditionally unlucky Vaudeville Theatre. Two new graduates, Timothy and Jane, fed up with their parents' plans for them, decide simply to get married and fall in love later. A tramp arrives and offers to pay them for looking after his piano for a month. The piano, Minnie, turns out to have special powers. Everyone who hears her is compelled to dance and, of course, by the end of the month's adventures Timothy and Jane are in love for real. Simple but lyrical songs such as 'Look at Me, I'm Dancing' and 'The Time of My Life' made the show a romantic, enchanting success.