Production 40 When We Are Married

When We Are MarriedBy J. B. Priestley

Performed on Thu 18th to Sat 20th August and Thu 1st to Sat 3rd September 1966 at The Astor Theatre
Part of The Summer Drama Festival

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Ruby Birtle Dawn Ladd
Gerald Forbes Peter Eckersley
Mrs. Northrop Clare Bradshaw
Nancy Holmes Brenda Smith
Fred Dyson John Evans
Henry Ormondroyd Andrew Lawson
Alderman Joseph Helliwell Ronald Latham
Maria Helliwell Dorothy Whitlock
Councillor Albert Parker Tony Kilshawe
Herbert Soppitt Norman Smith
Clara Soppitt Eleanor Bowthorpe
Annie Parker Dorrie Sherwin
Lottie Grady Doris Cohen
Rev. Clement Mercer Alex Thomson

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

When We Are Married

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This Was A Gem

With a splendid record of success behind them, The Guild Players turned up at The Astor Theatre last week with their latest offering – a farce by J. B. Priestley. And what a gem it was. The scene for When we are Married is set in a small Yorkshire town at the turn of the century where three highly respectable couples are celebrating their silver wedding anniversary. The news that the ceremonies were not, in fact, legal, is the signal for a series of comical incidents. Judging from the belly laughs drawn from the audience, this production will be talked about for many weeks yet. Credit must be given to Tony Kilshawe, who masterminds every Guild production. He is responsible for the superb teamwork and sympathy among the members of the company. He demands a high standard from his actors and gets it. All this is evident in the highly polished performances the players gave. Deserving of special mention is young Peter Eckersley, who improves all the time and is becoming a most useful asset to the company. Eighteen-year-old Peter has to overcome the difficulty of playing characters older than he but his interpretation of the dapper Gerald Forbes was without fault, while Brenda Smith made a charming young Victorian lady. Ronald Latham and Dorothy Whitelock were well cast as the pompous Ald. and Mrs. Joseph Helliwell surrounded by an aura of complacency. The conceited Cr. Parker and his mouselike wife, Annie, were played by Tony Kilshawe and Dorrie Sherwin. They were perfect folis as Parker’s ego suffered one deflation after another. Norman Smith’s Herbert Soppitt was a lovely example of how the worm eventually turns to subdue his domineering wife. Versatile Eleanor Bowthorpe, remembered for her role as kindly Mrs. Puffin, made a meal of the old battleaxe, Clara. As hackneyed as the word funny has become, that is the only way to describe Andrew Lawson’s portrayal of the world-weary local newspaper photographer. His air of beery dignity was reminiscent of his more famous namesake, Wilfred! Fred Dyson, the cheeky young reporter, was cheekily played by John Evans. The tone of voice that vicars seem to adopt specifically for the pulpit was caught beautifully by Alex Thomson, whose gait and stance made him fit for any country church! He was offset by Doris Cohen’s saucy little baggage, Lottie Northrop, while Dawn Ladd added lots of bounce to the young maid-of-all-work, Ruby. At the end of the performance, Tony Kilshawe invited the audience to tell their friends about the play. I have. I hope they go along to the Astor to see it.

G.W.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Bert Bradshaw & Reuben Atkinson
Stage Director Philip Bowthorpe
Stage Managers Mollie Bryce & Sylvia Ling
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar & Bill Webb
Wardrobe Joyce Jewson
Scenery & Décor Reuben Atkinson, Will Inskip & Tony Kilshawe
Costumes Mary Payne Costumes of Wimbledon

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