Production 143 Charley's Aunt

Charley's AuntBy Brandon Thomas

Performed on Thu 27th to Sat 29th April 1995 at The Kilshawe Theatre

 

 

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Jack Chesney (undergraduate) Julian Gilmore
Brassett (college scout) Charles Bailey
Charles Wykemam (undergraduate) Paul Rutterford
Lord Fancourt Babberley (undergraduate) Dick Turner
Kitty Verdun (Spettigue’s ward) Jo Carnell
Amy Spettigue (Spettigue’s niece) Sue Watson
Colonel Sir Francis Chesney (Bart. Late Indian Service) Tony Sewell
Stephen Spettigue (solicitor) Christopher Sewell
Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez Stephanie Young
Ela Delahay Sharon Bullen

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Comedy Classic

A classic comedy opens in Deal later this month to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Guild Players. The play will bring out the directing ability of Dick Turner, one of the Guild actors whose wish it was to direct this convoluted comedy said Charles bailey, press officer at the Players. Charley’s Aunt made its debut 100 years ago and was written by Brandon Thomas. It follows the exploits of Lord Fancourt Babberley, in disguise as Charley’s aunt from Brazil where the nuts come from. Colonel Sir. Francis Chesney and Stephen Spettigue are keen to woo the dame and the three acts are packed with crossed wires, blighted love and unlikely coincidence. The Guild Players will be performing the comedy at The Kilshawe Theatre, St. George’s Hall, on April 27th, 28th and 29th at 7:30pm – the first production since the church hall was wrecked in a mystery fire in February last year.

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Players Made it Seem Easy

The Guild Players made Charley’s Aunt, first produced more than 100 years ago, sound and look so fresh. The Players worked for months to make the comedy, staged at The Kilshawe Theatre, seem so dashed easy. Coins were deftly tossed and caught, plotting lovers convincingly got themselves into a panic, old ladies sized up the men and men old enough to know better careered around the garden, all with a skill that made the audience laugh their socks off. The curtain rose on Julian Gilmore excelling as Jack Chesney, a pleasure seeking student with big plans and a small budget. This tricky moment, the opening speech on the first night, was carried off by Gilmore’s persuasive way of sweeping the hall with his crafty glance as the plan unfolded. Energetic director Dick Turner played fellow student Lord Babberly, about to dabble in acting for the first time as an old woman. Babberly had to put on the performance of his life to impersonate the missing eponymous aunt. As Jack Chesney and his buddy Charles Wykeham, played by Paul Rutterford, raced round each other to get their gels. Joe Carnell and Sue Watson, father figures Sir Francis Chesney and Stephen Spettigue, smoothly done by Tony and Christopher Sewell, kept the whole tangle churned up as they competed for the favours and fortunes of the fake aunt. Charles Bailey as the college butler and Stephanie Young as the real Donna Lucia lived up to their usual sparkling standards. In the arms of Ela Delahay elegantly played by Sharon Bullen, Babberley found love and fortune. Equally good luck awaited everyone else who put love before money. Yes, a moral as well as laughs. Why not join The Guild Players next gutsy production even if you can’t act like Lord Babberley.

Steve Bell

Production Team

Production Team

Director Dick Turner
Producer Christine Eyden
Stage Manager Prue Jamieson
Stage Hands Christine Eyden, Mike Somers, Penny Bearman, Lei Cobb, Adrian Piner, Justin Ramsey, Prue Jamieson & Phyllis Gray
Set Builders Dick Turner, Christopher Sewell & Tony Sewell
Set Painters Mike Somers, Roz Turner, Penny Bearman & Justin Ramsay
Lighting Nick Tigwell
Costumes Christine Eyden, Prue Jamieson & Nicola Varral
Prompt Dot Smith
Make-Up Justine Sewell
Front of House Manager Dave Ashton
Front of House Assistants Pam Rawcliffe, Peggy Bailey, Justin Ramsey, Angela Smith & Brenda Smith
Bar Ken Watson, Gill Watson & Giff Goldfinch
Refreshments Jan Turner, Stephanie Walmsley, Amanda Nicholas & Caroline Collins
Publicity Charles Bailey
Box Office Gwendoline Shane
Publicty Photographs Raymond Harlow

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