Production 86 The Man who Came to Dinner

The Man who Came to DinnerBy Moss Hart & George S Kaufman

 

Performed on Thu 15th to Sat 17th May 1975 at The Little Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Mrs. Earnest W Stanley Zena Almond
Miss. Preen Doris Cohen
Richard Stanley Martin Hoskins
June Stanley Angela Hoskins
John Norman Smith
Sarah Bessie Rich
Mrs. Dexter June Stuart
Mrs. McCutcheon Winifred Forder
Mr. Stanley Arthur Linsley
Maggie Cutler Gill Watson
Dr. Bradley Julian Grenville
Sheriden Whiteside Tony Kilshawe
Harriet Stanley Dorothy Whitelock
Bert Jefferson Bill Bennett
Professor Metz Andrew Lawson
Expressman Conrad Sherwin
Lorraine Sheldon Margaret Burton
Sandy Nick Clements
Beverley Charlton Alex Thomson
Westcott Peter Eckersley
Radio Technicians Nick Tigwell & Arthur Laffar
The Young Girls Karen Chiverton, Lesley Chiverton, Lorna Gregory, Dawn Tustin, Susan Nicholson & Karen Nicholson
Banjo Peter Bowers
Two Deputies Peter Ashton & Gordon Crier
A Plainclothes Man Peter Dunkley

Cast of The Man who Came to Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

The Man who Came to Dinner

Cast of The Man who Came to Dinner

Guild Players Have Never Been Better

The Guild Players have done nothing better that The Man Who Came to Dinner, the play which ended their present season when it was presented at their Little Theatre for three performances last week. It was a pity the play could not have been seen by more people. It was a real tonic in these sombre days and it should have run for a week……at least! The play is a well tried American concoction from the celebrated duo of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman and which was translated into an equally brilliant film starring the brilliant Monty Wooley. In the West End version, talented Robert Morley played the lead. Physically, Tony Kilshawe is a slender comparison to these two well-built figures. But theatrically he is their match, and his characterization of the irascible Sheridon Whiteside, in this Guild Players’ production could not be faulted. It was, for me, perfection . . . and quite the best thing he has done in recent years. The story is a slender one: a coast-to-coast radio personality – it is set in the nostalgic past of a pre-television era – injures in a small Middle West town. Confined to a wheelchair, he drives the small household he is staying with to distraction and many of his friends from the world of entertainment drop in.
Whiteside is not content with presenting a popular radio show. He has to organise other people’s lives, and this is the humour of the play. In addition to playing Whiteside, Tony Kilshawe also directed; and, with a cast of 30, achieved a fast‑paced production in which the good humour never flagged for a second. If this production exemplified Tony Kilshawe’s acting ability, it certainly enhanced his reputation as a Director. From so large and talented a cast it is impossible – in the space available – to single out every performance. But let me say at once this play was flawless in every way, with everyone contributing to its overall success.
There are one or two cameos, which deserve mention. Alex Thomson was excellent as the flamboyant show business personality and presented exactly the kind of man for which the entire world is a stage. Margaret Burton captured so well the very bed‑worthy actress, and Bill Bennett was good as the earnest young newspaperman. Doris Cohen showed her understanding of comedy as the sorely tried nurse. The funniest vignette of all came from Dorothy Whitlock as a dramatic maiden aunt; she created shades of Lilian Gish! And Peter Bowers was never better in a part, which the authors never envisaged being played by an English Clergyman!! Arthur Linsley gave a powerful portrayal of the harassed householder, and attractive Gill Watson was extremely sophisticated as Whiteside’s efficient and charming secretary.
Stalwarts of The Guild Players such as Zena Almond, Norman Smith, Julian Grenville and Andrew Lawson, all contributed to the success of the play, and so did the talented and very likeable brother and sister offering of Martin and Angela Hoskins, who really are brother and sister. In the cast were Bessie Rich, June Stuart, Winifred Forder, Conrad Sherwin, Nick Clements, Peter Eckersley, Nick Tigwell, Arthur Laffer, Peter Ashton, Gordon Crier and Peter Dunkley. They all worked hard to give a balanced production, as did the small choir: Karen Chiverton, Lesley Chiverton, Lorna Gregory, Dawn Tustin, Susan Nicholson and Karen Nicholson. A heartening thing about this play was the appearance of popular members of other amateur dramatic societies in the town. Tony Kilshawe did well to do this and it augers well for the future of amateur theatre in Deal.

Tony Arnold

Production Team

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Peter Eckersley
Stage Manager Patricia Ufton
Lighting, Effects & Music Arthur Laffar & Nick Tigwell
Box Office Glenys Cresswell
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Bar June Dunkley & Peter Dunkley

Cast of The Man who Came to Dinner