Production 70 The Heiress

The HeiressBy Ruth and Augustus Goetz

 

Performed on Thu 25th to Sat 27th May 1972 at The Astor Theatre
In aid of The Friends of Deal Hospital

 

The Cast

The Cast

Characters Precise casting not known
Maria (the parlourmaid) Anne Newson
Dr. Austin Sloper Peter Ashton
Mrs. Lavinia Penniman (his sister) Zena Almond
Catherine (his daughter) Mollie Fitzgerald
Mrs. Elizabeth Almond (his sister) Gladys Cresswell
Marian Almond (his niece) Alison Reynolds
Arthur Townsend (Marian’s fiancé) Peter Bowers
Morris Townsend (Arthur’s cousin) Tony Kilshawe
Mrs. Montgomery (Morris’s sister) Brenda Smith

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

The Heiress

 

Exciting Debut for Ann Newson in a Difficult Role

Cast of The Heiress

Deal is more fortunate in the standard of its amateur dramatic societies, all of whom play their part in giving the town its remarkable cultural standard. It is especially pleasing to note all the societies have new members to bolster the stalwarts, some of whom have delighted local audiences for more than two decades. The latest of the new faces is attractive Ann Newson, who played the title role in The Guild Players production of The Heiress at The Astor Theatre last week. This was the most exciting debut I’ve seen in a long time. In the course of three Acts, she changes from a timid gawky creature into a highly sophisticated mistress in her own house. It is a characterisation to test the most earnest, but Ann played it beautifully. The final scene was memorable, and revealed Ann’s stagecraft. The Guild Players are fortunate in having Ann Newson join their ranks, and I look forward to seeing much more of her in forthcoming productions. Peter Ashton is, without doubt, one of the most accomplished leading men in the town’s amateur theatre, and his performance as the unscrupulous philanderer was on just the right key, suave and always scheming he had his audience doubting his integrity from the first entrance. Tony Kilshawe, constantly good for so long, was as always excellent as the protective father, and there was a sympathetic and understanding portrayal of the girl’s aunt by Zena Almond. The rest of the cast were quite perfunctory and Alison Reynolds, Brenda Smith, Peter Bowers and Glenys Cresswell had no difficulty with them. It was a pity that the supporting cast did not have strong characters to portray. The exquisite cameo from Molly Fitzgerald, which sparkled like a fine stone, impressed me. The direction of Tony Kilshawe was flawless, and after the banal first two scenes, he took the play’s action to its climax with a nicely subdued touch. Period atmosphere was enhanced with good costumes and a first class set.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe

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