Production 84 Candida

CandidaBy Bernard Shaw

 

Performed on Thu 27th February to Sat 1st March 1975 at The Little Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

The Rev. James Mavor Morell Peter Ashton
Miss. Proserpine Garnett (his typist) Brenda Smith
The Rev. Alexander Mill (his curate) Nick Cavell
Mr. Burgess (Candida’s father) Julian Grenville
Candida Morell Ann Newson
Eugene Marchbanks Robert Johnstone

Cast of Candida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Candida

Cast of Candida

Ann Newson’s Welcome Return to Play Candida

The Guild Players decision to present Shaw at their Little Theatre was a wise one – the group chose a good and entertaining play and presented it well. Their production of Candida last week was first-rate and delighted audiences from a wide area. The talented and attractive Ann Newson, making a welcome return after an absence, played the title role. She is one of the area’s most accomplished actresses and in this superbly written character, was able to display all her prowess. Candida, back in 1894, was one of the world’s first emancipated women. No militant but clever, she had men eating out of her hand. Ann Newson had perfect inflection and gave her interpretation depth and considerable warmth. Her clergyman husband – fired with all Shaw’s Socialist ambitions – was Peter Ashton, one of the most hard-worked of the Players. As always, Peter contributed his strength of characterisation to the play. His portrayal of a self‑opinionated and reliant vicar who is suddenly tortured by doubts was excellent. His change and near break-up was subtle and achieved in commendably low key. Robert Johnston, one of the youngest members of the Players played the young poet who is in love with Candida. He have a good performance as the petulant young man obsessed by Candida’s charm, and there were worthwhile contributions from Brenda Smith as the secretary and Nick Cavell – a Youth Theatre product – as the clergyman. Both were able to make contributions of merit. It was the veteran Julian Granville – who has made more appearances with the Players than I care to remember – who was the hit of the evening. Julian played Candida’s father, the hard businessman who used everyone to his advantage. I have never seen Julian in better form and his characterisation of the rascally Burgess was virtually flawless. Gordon Crier, who brought out the very best in his cast, directed the play. Obviously a lover of Shaw, he exploited the depths of every situation, giving a delicious sense of comedy. Candida was a very pleasant evening and has, I hope, attracted more adherents to The Guild Players.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Gordon Crier
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Managers Nick Cavell, Clare Bradshaw & Christine Williams
Lighting & Effects Peter Eckersley & Nick Tigwell
Box Office Glenys Cresswell
Bar Peter Dunkley
Buffet Vera Eckersley

Cast of Candida