Production 88 Lloyd George Knew My Father

Photo FinishBy William Douglas Home

 

Performed on Thu 22nd to Sat 24th January 1976 at The Little Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

Robertson Julian Grenville
Lady Sheila Boothroyd Eleanor Bowthorpe
General Sir William Boothroyd Tony Kilshawe
Hubert Boothroyd M.P. Alex Thomson
Maud Boothroyd Sheila Seed
Sally Boothroyd Sue Watson
Simon Green Jamey Wilson
Rev. Trevor Simmonds Peter Ashton

Cast of Lloyd George Knew My Father

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Lloyd George Knew My Father

New-Year Comedy

The Guild Players have a humerous new play for their New Year offering. This is William Douglas-Home’s modern comedy Lloyd George Knew My Father. This is an amusing play about the reaction of a family when they learn a motorway will be built through their front garden. No ordinary family: a retired General, with a Member of Parliament as a son. But it’s not the big guns or parliamentary debate which get things done. It’s the action of the wife!

Cast of Lloyd George Knew My Father

Guild Players Have Success Formula!

The Guild Players found the perfect antidote to those winter blues when Tony Kilshawe decided to present William Douglas Home’s amusing Lloyd George Knew My Father at their Little Theatre last week. It was the perfect choice for a town in the throes of winter – for it carried all the sparkle and promise of spring. The play is of no consequence - it is a triviality. But it is so full of good humour it never fails to amuse. Filled with stock characters these nonetheless come to life under the expertise of the author’s writing. The success of this Guild Players production rested on the highly talented cast; each contributing a vignette of value. The production was perfectly cast too. Full marks go to Tony Kilshawe for his deft direction; as light as gossamer, yet as sharp and as penetrating as a dose of quinine. Tony Kilshawe turned in his usual top performance as an absent-minded and long‑retired general and Eleanor Bowthorpe was excellent as his wife, who decided to commit suicide in protest against a motorway coming through her front garden. Her’s was a nicely restrained study of the ordinary in a home of eccentrics. The best performance came from Alex Thomson as the general’s son, a pompous Member of Parliament. This was pure caricature and yet how close to life it was. Sheila Seed played his wife with charm and warmth and revealed her aptitude for expression. Young and attractive Sue Watson was the granddaughter and emerges as one of the most promising young actresses in the town. Jamey Cresswell, another young performer of considerable talent who scored another success, partnered her. The cast was completed by Peter Ashton, as the village vicar, and Julian Grenville as the family retainer. Both, as was to be expected, presented perfect portrayals of familiar theatrical characters. First-class entertainment from a first‑class company.

Production Team

 

Production Team

Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Philip Bowthorpe
Stage Managers Doris Cohen, Lene Chidgey, Julia Cox & Molly Fitzgerald
Music & Effects Colin Taverner, Arthur Laffar & Peter Eckersley
Lighting Gordon Crier
Décor & Furnishings Tony Kilshawe
Box Office Glenys Cresswell
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Bar Peter Eckersley

Cast of Lloyd George Knew My Father