Production 90 When We Are Married

When We Are MarriedBy J. B. Priestley

 

Performed on Thu 21st to Sat 23rd October 1976 at The Little Theatre
In aid of The Deaf

 

The Cast

The Cast

Ruby Birtle Sue Watson
Gerald Forbes Peter Eckersley
Mrs. Northrop Clare Bradshaw
Nancy Holmes Gill Watson
Fred Dyson David Ablett
Henry Ormondroyd Arthur Linsley
Alderman Joseph Helliwell Bill Bennett
Maria Helliwell Winifred Forder
Councillor Albert Parker Tony Kilshawe
Herbert Soppitt Norman Smith
Clara Soppitt Eleanor Bowthorpe
Annie Parker Zena Almond
Lottie Grady Margaret Burton
Rev. Clement Mercer Conrad Sherwin

Cast of When We Are Married

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

When We Are Married

Cast of When We Are Married

Stood the Hard Test of Time

The Guild Players added to their stature last week with their production of J. B. Priestley’s When we are Married, a play that has stood the test of time through almost four decades. The play is a non-malicious tilt at pomposity, with the added attraction of a glimpse of young love. The production well pleased audiences at The Little Theatre and swelled the coffers of the Friends of the Deaf, but Saturday’s performance lacked the sparkle it should have had. In the 1st Act, especially, there were uncomfortable troughs, but overall the direction of Tony Kilshawe caught the essence of both period and ludicrous situation. The evening was remarkable for the scene-stealing of two minor characters. Young Sue Watson, as a pert little maid, and Arthur Linsley, as a veteran press photographer, invested the evening with more humour than the rest of the cast put together. Their scenes gave the production a rare and delightful garnish. Peter Eckersley was clean-cut and excellently fresh and Conrad Sherwin – making a welcome return – presented a notable cleric. Clare Bradshaw evoked applause for her charwoman. Bill Bennett, Tony Kilshawe and Norman Smith were nicely contrasted as three Yorkshire husbands, and Eleanor Bowthorpe, Zena Almond and Winifred Forder were their perfect foils. Margaret Burton added spice to the proceedings, with Gill Watson and David Ablett completing the competent cast. The Guild Players kept their eyes on between‑the –wars theatre with their production of Frank Vosper’s Love from a Stranger which will follow the Christmas production of Toad of Toad Hall.

Production Team

 

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Philip Bowthorpe
Stage Managers Doris Cohen & George Clemmy
Costumes Mary Payne Costumes
Lighting, Music & Effects Nick Tigwell & Arthur Laffar
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Box Office Glenys Cresswell & Peggy Crier

Cast of When We Are Married