Production 28 Will Any Gentleman?

Will Any Gentleman?By Vernon Sylvaine

Performed on Thu 30th July to Sat 1st August and Thu 6th to Sat 8th August 1964 at The Astor Theatre
Part of the Summer Drama Festival

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mendoza Henry Riley
Albert Boyle Gregory Holyoake
Angel Sally Riley
Henry Stirling Tony Kilshawe
Beryl Molly Fitzgerald
Dr. Smith Conrad Sherwin
Florence Stirling Dorrie Sherwin
Charley Stirling Ronald Latham
Detective Inspector Martin William Fitzgerald
Stanley Jackson Andrew Lawson
Honey Dawn Ladd
Mrs. Whittle Doris Cohen
Montague Billing Reuben Atkinson

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

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Will Any Gentleman? Sparkling Production by The Guild Players

A Strange hypnotic powers have been practised from the stage of The Astor Theatre, lately. A gentleman in a bowler hat frantically clutching his umbrella, was reluctantly lad to the stage during the act last week, by the hand of a pretty red-head, and reduced to a state of abandoned roguery. But it was nothing more improper than the opening scenes of The Guild Players first night of Will Any Gentleman? And the gentleman who would was the master of comedy, actor and producer, Tony Kilshawe. The play was the second of Deal’s drama festival and even surpassed The Guild Players last success The Linden Tree, and judging by the applause and the curtain calls the audience felt the same. The whole cast pulled their weight and the humour came over naturally. Mendoza, a wily hypnotist, opened the play at a suburban Music Hall. Henry Stirling, on an impulse, and as a slap in the face of convention which rules his life, enters and is pounced upon by saucy show girl Angel, to be put under hypnosis. Under the influence, his rigid observance of propriety is broken down and he returns home to his wife and friends as a gay adventurer and man about town. Henry is played by Tony Kilshawe. The part seemed to have been written for him – The character of a man impeccable in every respect, a job in a bank – a respectable house and respectable wife – whose personality suddenly changes to that of a Casanova. He begins with the conquest of his precocious little cockney maid, played by Molly Fitzgerald, whose acting ability was suitable for ant television farce. Doddering Dr. Smith, deaf, absent minded and with a cynical contempt for his own profession is quite hilarious in his attempt to straighten the lives of Stirling and his wife. Conrad Sherwin played the doctor cheerfully confusing the other characters. Stirling’s wife was played with bewildered anger by Dorrie Sherwin and his playboy brother, Charley Stirling, by Ronald Latham. He played the part of an honest rogue with realistic ruthlessness. The married man’s menace, as portrayed by Doris Cohen like a tornado of virtue was the character of Mrs. Stirling’s sister, and Dawn Ladd played the hot tempered girlfriend of Charley Stirling. Another victim of the treacherous Mendoza was Albert Boyle (Gregory Holyoake) who brought the domestic situation at the Stirlings’ to a head by his outbursts of hypnotic hysteria. Henry Stirling, without realising it, steals £300 from his bank and the efforts of his bank manager and an officious Detective Inspector make the anticlimax. Andrew Lawson played the Bank Manager and William Fitzgerald the Detective. The play ends as Montague Billing (Reuben Atkinson), rich patron of the bank, succumbs to the magic powers of Mendoza and leaves the stage clad in a minimum of clothing thinking he is the 2:15 from Victoria! The whole performance was run with the usual efficiency of The Guild Players. A variety of scenes made the stage more interesting and the changes were made very quickly. The farce by Vernon Sylvaine was directed by Tony Kilshawe. Business Manager was Bert Bradshaw: Stage Director, Philip Bowthorpe: Properties, Mollie Boyce: Prompt, Clare Bradshaw; Lighting and Effects, Robin Varney: Make-Up & Wardrobe, Joyce Jewson & Vera Eckersley: Set and Décor, Reuben Atkinson, Arthur Birch, Tony Kilshawe & Andrew Lawson.

R.G.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Business Manager Bert Bradshaw
Properties Mollie Boyce
Prompt Clare Bradshaw
Lighting & Effects Robin Varney
Make-Up & Wardrobe Joyce Jewson & Vera Eckersley
Set & Décor Reuben Atkinson, Arthur Birch, Tony Kilshawe, & Andrew Lawson

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