Production 47 Springtime for Henry

Springtime for HenryBy Benn W Levy

Performed on tour between November & January 1967

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mr. Dewlip Tony Kilshawe
Mr. Jelliwell Tony Faulkner
Mrs. Jelliwell Glenys Cresswell
Miss. Smith Thelma Faulkner

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Springtime for Henry

Nothing in life is so disastrous as a woman who takes a man in hand with a view to reforming him. And no good comes of it either. Too late the reformer discovers that the vices she has been at pains to stamp out were the very things that attracted her in the first place. A familiar tale which pops up in farce. Springtime for Henry is now on tour in Deal, happily events do not go beyond revocation but they do get worse before they get better. The drapes swish aside to reveal a penthouse in which the owner automobile magnate Henry Dewlip is throwing not only a rare old fit of temper, but his private and confidential papers all over the joint. It seems his latest secretary has just left in tears – though by his rate of consumption she lasted quite well and put up with his tantrums for 3 weeks. But is Henry downhearted folks? For no, no, no, read, drink, dames and dice (though not necessarily in that order) and there you have it. His mistress of the moment is the wife of an old school friend, they believe in the old boyhood motto – share and share alike. Friend Jelliwell, who incidentally gets his Greek Myths all wrong, approves of the arrangement, particularly as Henry’s perennial cheques keep the wolves of bankruptcy court at bay. However, to return to Henry’s secretarial dilemma, who should come upon the scene than Miss. Smith, all goodness and light, a paragon of feminine virtue. Miss. Smith requires only of men that they be decent chaps, and proceeds on a crusade to save her boss from perdition. Dazzled, Henry takes to drinking water, forsakes his women, and diverts his chummy parties to his mother’s house. She, poor old soul, gets thrown in gaol for her troubles. Poor Henry is shunned by his protégés at the club. The ever open doors of welcome are slammed in his face. What is to become of him folks?!! That I dare not reveal, or the whole cast will descend upon me with wing’d red lightning and impetuous rage. So if you want to know how it all turns out you will have to find out where it is playing. Director Tony Kilshawe takes the lead and shows once again that he has few rivals when it comes to farce. That he enjoys this medium for expression is evident and it follows that he can’t help being good at it. Tony Faulkner – Glenys Cresswell – and Thelma Faulkner are adequate foils and rightly resist the temptation of over-playing their characters. Timing, though quite good, can be worked on and improved by the cast, and articulation needs a bit of polishing. In all, Springtime for Henry is a cosy companion that can be taken anywhere without fear of embarrassment, shock or surprise.

G.W.
Published in the East Kent Mercury November 16th 1967

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Stage Staff Arthur Laffar, Reuben Atkinson, Zena Almond & Olive Laffar