Production 76 Trap for a Lonely Man

Trap for a Lonely ManBy Robert Thomas, Translated by Lucienne Hill & John Sutro

 

Performed on Thu 14th to Sat 16th June 1973 at The Astor Theatre
In aid of Deal, Walmer, Sandwich and District Scout Association

 

The Cast

The Cast

The Man James Smith
The Police Inspector Tony Kilshawe
The Priest Peter Ashton
The Woman Ann Newson
The Tramp Andrew Lawson
The Nurse Glenys Cresswell

Cast of Trap for a Lonely Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Trap for a Lonely Man

Cast of Trap for a Lonely Man

Thin Audiences for Guild Players’ Fine Thriller

The Guild Players scored heavily at The Astor Theatre, Deal, last week with their production of Trap for a Lonely Man. Although presented to aid Deal, Walmer, Sandwich and District Scout Association, audiences were extremely thin and it is a pity such splendid entertainment should be enjoyed by so few. Trap for a Lonely Man is a well-written thriller – a whodunit of the best kind – and the audience was in suspense until the closing minutes when all was revealed. That the suspense was maintained throughout was the result of Tony Kilshawe’s direction. This was firm, and he exploited situation after situation with a purposeful hold. At no time did interest flag, and the climax was beautifully timed. James Smith gave a great performance as the scheming husband supposedly distraught and yet scheming all the time to outwit the law. His study of hysteria was penetrating and wholly convincing. Peter Ashton and Anne Newson were both convincing in roles, which appear to be sinister, and in the end are revealed as goodies. Their characterisations were excellent because both were able to produce a sense of mystery. Andrew Lawson gave one of his best studies as an artist-tramp, and injected flashes of humour. Glenys Cresswell contributed with a thoughtful study of a nurse, and Tony Kilshawe was the police inspector who set the ingenious trap. This was a straightforward character, and gave him no extraordinary opportunities. Trap for a Lonely Man was an excellent choice for amateur theatre and I again emphasise the pity it was not seen by more people. The Guild Players’ next production is the excellent comedy The Secretary Bird that will be presented at The Astor Theatre in November.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Martin Brody
Stage Managers Tessa Ashton & Doris Cohen
Lighting & Effects Arthur Laffar
Décor Tony Kilshawe & Bruce Schaffer

Cast of Trap for a Lonely Man