Production 67 She Stoops to Conquer

She Stoops to ConquerBy Oliver Goldsmith

Performed on Mon 25th to Wed 27th November 1971 at The Astor Theatre
In aid of The Guide Dogs for the Blind

 

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mrs. Hardcastle Dorothy Whitelock
Mr. Hardcastle Peter Ashton
Tony Lumpkin (his stepson) Peter Eckersley
Kate Hardcastle Tessa Ashton
Constance Neville (Kate's cousin) Brenda Smith
Landlord Henry Riley
Marlow Gregory Holyoake
Hastings Martin Brody
Diggory Horace Fairhurst
Roger Les Barker
Thomas Bobby Whittaker
Polly Elizabeth Lorimer
Pimple (Kate's maid) Susan Cresswell
Sir Charles Marlow Dave Clements

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Period Satire Sparkles at the Astor

Two centuries ago, Oliver Goldsmith rescued drama from the depths with a sharp and satirical reaction against the false sentimentality, which not only pervaded the theatre but the entire middle class sensibilities. She Stoops to Conquer is the only part of the period – apart from those of Sheridan – which retains a place in the modern repertoire. The author’s humane temperament shines through this finely constructed comedy and the characters retain a freshness and reality, Jane Austin might well have drawn the couple Mr. and Mrs. Hardcastle. The Guild Players production at The Astor Theatre, Deal last week, of this 18th Century classic as brilliantly done and set a high standard foe the coming season of local drama. The direction of Tony Kilshawe exemplified the period and certainly sharpened the satire intended by Goldsmith. One had the feeling of the age and this was enhanced by the excellent settings erected by Charles Jennings. This production was a triumph for two young actors; Peter Eckersley and Gregory Holyoake, both of whom have contributed considerably in recent years to the healthy state of local amateur drama. Peter Eckersley was the ignorant besotted young country squire and Gregory Holyoake was the cultured and utterly foppish young man about town. Peter invested his Tony Lumpkin with a Hogarthian talent he played the role to the point of devastating characterisation and was wholly credible. It was for me, his most satisfying role to date and revealed new talents. Gregory Holyoake also in my view gave his best performance to date as the difficult dandy so ill at ease with women. He has an innate understanding of theatre and had obviously imbibed the atmosphere of the period. His halting and supercilious Marlow was finely drawn. Lovely Tessa Ashton is one of the younger players in local theatre and has in a matter of moments assumed the experience of a veteran. Her coquettish Kate was a delight, and Tessa uses expression to perfection. Beautifully dressed she was radiant in all her scenes. Dorothy Whitlock played Mrs. Hardcastle and showed the lady in all her brittleness. She opened the shallowness, and laid bare the cunning with an excellent performance. Her aggressive approach was just what the production needed. Peter Ashton was convincing as the father and brought a relaxed attitude as the country gentleman who is mistaken for an innkeeper all because his breeding takes indignities from the young Marlow. This was a well‑drawn character, which showed feeling of an underlying philosophy. There were restrained performances from Martinj Brody and Brenda Smith as a pair of young lovers, and it was right that the leads should dominate their characterisations. Henry Riley, Horace Fairhurst, Les Barker, Bobby Whittaker and Dave Clements added to the strength of the production with nicely sketched cameos and there was a dash of period glamour from Susan Cresswell and Elizabeth Lorrimer. She Stoops to Conquer was presented in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Reuben Atkinson
Stage Manager Doris Cohen & Elizabeth Lorimer
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar
Wardrobe & Make-up Joyce Jewson
Scenery Guild Players Members
Décor Charles Jennings
Wigs by Bert
Costumes by Theatre Wardrobe
Screen loaned by Greenway Stanley

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