Production 61 Dinner with the Family

Dinner with the Familyby Jean Anouilh, translated from the French by Edward Owen Marsh

Performed on Thu 12th to Sat 14th November 1970 at The Astor Theatre
In aid of St. Alban's House Development Fund

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Proprietress Zena Almond
Georges Delachaume Gregory Holyoake
Emile (the butler) Andrew Lawson
Delmonte (an actor) Tony Kilshawe
Mne. De Montrachet (an actress) Glenys Cresswell
Barbara (Jacque’s wife, Georges’ mistress) Pat Rowlinson
Jacques (Georges’ friend) Michael Dee
Esme (a maid) Tessa Ashton
Mme. Delachaume (Georges’ mother) Clare Bradshaw
Isabelle Gill Watson
Doctor Molly Fitzgerald

Cast of Dinner with the Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Dinner With the Family

Cast of Dinner with the Family

Sparkling French Company

Appreciative audiences crowded The Astor Theatre, Deal for three nights when The Guild Players presented Jean Anouilth’s pleasing comedy, Dinner with the Family. The play was presented in aid of St. Alban’s House Development Fund, and playgoers had the added excitement of taking part in a raffle, which was drawn between the acts. Anouilth’s comedy of manners was written in the early 1950s but has stood the test of time and remains as brittle and sophisticated as ever. The Guild Players’ production was directed by Tony Kilshawe, who revealed, as always a deft touch in handling situation and in bringing out the very best from his cast. The story about a young married man who is in love with a young country girl is set in Paris and recounts this young fellow’s desperate attempts to impress the girl. He rents a house and employs and actor and actress to be his parents and imports staff for a dinner party. But like all good fairy stories – and how close to one this play is – things go awry before the eventual happy ending. As a young man, Gregory Holyoake gave a restrained performance, wholly credible, and Gill Watson, as the country girl, breathed simplicity in contrast to the sophisticated setting. Gregory and Gill carried the play on their performance and both came up trumps. As the fictitious parents, Tony Kilshawe and Glenys Cresswell injected a bright brand of humour to the evening, and there was first‑rate support from Andrew Lawson as a dignified butler prepared to lie his head off for a few thousand francs. The real parents were played by Conrad Sherwin and Clare Bradshaw; Bradshaw evoking a quiet dignity and Conrad Sherwin an impressive brand of male hysteria. Deep‑rooted characterisation came from Pat Rowlinson and Michael Dee, an embittered young couple living on their wits and there were neat little appearances from Zena Almond, Tessa Ashton and Mollie Fitzgerald.

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Reuben Atkinson
Stage Director Doris Cohen
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar
Prompt Mollie Fitzgerald
Scenery Reuben Atkinson, Tony Kilshawe and Guild Players Members
Décor Charles Jennings

Cast of Dinner with the Family