Production 26 The Linden Tree

The Linden TreeBy J. B. Priestley

Performed on Thu 9th to Sat 11th April 1964 at St. George's Hall

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Professor Robert Linden Tony Kilshawe
Isabel Linden (his wife) Clare Bradshaw
Rex Linden (his son) Ronald Latham
Dr. Jean Linden (his eldest daughter) Anne Varney
Marion De Vaury (his daughter) Sally Riley
Dinah Linden (his youngest daughter) Pamela Rye
Alfred Lockhart (University Secretary) Andrew Lawson
Mrs. Cotton (housekeeper) Doris Cohen
Edith Westmore (a student) Mollie Boyce
Bernard Fawcett (a student) David Hanraty

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Previews/Reviews

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The Linden Tree

Too Dreary for Spring-Time

The Guild Players’ (St. George’s Church) spring production was not one to bring a breath of summer into our lives. I went to see it on Thursday – which, you may recall, was a beautiful evening – and found J. B. Priestley’s The Linden Tree slowly destroying the feeling of contentment developed during my stroll to St. George’s Hall. I have endured this particular Priestley offering before, and this time found it equally depressing. It is a study of conflicting human emotions in the home of a University Professor in the seedy provincial city of Burmanley. And it gets little further than should the Professor retire now that he has reached 65 and enjoy the life offered by his successful businessman son or his daughter who has married a well-off Frenchman? Problems of a similar nature must enter into the lives of the majority of University Professors who reach 65 without them making any fuss. But the depressing nature of the play did not affect the capabilities of the Guild members. Their performances on the whole, were well up to the expected standard. Tony Kilshawe – who also directed the play – gave the benefit of his professional polish in the part of Professor Linden. Clare Bradshaw was competent as his wife and Ronald Latham bright as the high‑class spiv son. Settling down as the play progressed was Doris Cohen as Mrs. Cotton, the slightly off-balanced housekeeper with a terrifying telephone manner. Some of the humour and energy which she usually puts into her parts was absent ot the start of the play, but it returned later in full force. The scenery, lighting and effects were perfectly adequate. But the play as a whole was not entertaining. Although it was serious, it was not serious enough  to keep one’s interest throughout its two acts. Next time, I notice, the Guild are returning to something a little more cheerful – Vernon Sylvaine’s Will Any Gentleman? This is their contribution to the Deal Drama Festival and will, I am sure, give them a better chance to show what they can do. Others in the cast of The Linden Tree were Anne Varney, Sally Riley, Pamela Rye, Andrew Lawson, Mollie Boyce and David Hanraty.

M.B.B.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Stage Manager Reuben Atkinson
Assistant Stage Managers Brenda Harvey & Dawn Ladd
Lighting & Effects Robin Varney
Prompt Molly Fitzgerald
Make-up and Wardrobe Joyce Jewson
Buffet Mrs. O Rose & Helpers
Front of House Bert Bradshaw