Production 94 The Manor of Northstead

The Manor of NorthsteadBy William Douglas-Home

 

Performed on Thu 10th to Sat 12th November 1977 at The Little Theatre

 

The Cast

The Cast

The Earl of Lister Tony Kilshawe
Beecham (his butler) Peter Ashton
Mrs. Beecham (Bessie) (his parlour-maid) Doris Cohen
Lady Pym (June) (his daughter-in-law) Rebecca Cobb
Captain Lord Pym, m.c. (Tony) (his son) George Clemmy
Lady Cleghorne (Caroline) (his sister) Arthur Linsley
Sir Ronald MacRonald Andrew Lawson

Cast of The Manor of Northstead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Previews/Reviews

Previews/Reviews

Manor of Northstead

Cast of The Manor of Northstead

Fun with the Politicians

The English – thank goodness – love to laugh at themselves. This is why dramatists like William Douglas-Home, who demonstrate human foibles to the limit, are so successful. Home is a favourite with The Guild Players’ director Tony Kilshawe, who last week directed The Manor of Nothstead with great success. This is an amusing play which pokes gentle fun at politicians – and no writer can go wrong on that – and is full of good laughs. Tony Kilshawe is a past master in the direction of sophisticated comedy and in this production he excelled himself with adroit exploitation of the situation. He also played the Earl of Lister and gave a traditional caricature of what many people imagine is an elderly peer of the realm. Doris Cohen played his wife with charm and George Clemmy revealed considerable talent as his son. Winifred Forder was his sister and she was excellent as a masterful tweedie lady. Arthur Linsley is always a joy to watch and his portrayal of a tilted Socialist was perfect. Rebecca Cobb emerged – with her portrayal of the young American daughter-in-law – as a forceful young member of the Players, an interesting stage personality. Peter Ashton and Gill Watson were cast as the two domestics and provided well-studied contrast to the plethora of tilted people. Both are well‑established members of The Guild Players and never fail to please with their characterisations. Andrew Lawson who made a splendid entrance completed the cast. It was a light-hearted offering, which brought a lot of pleasure.

Published in The East Kent Mercury 17th November 1977

Production Team

 

Production Team

Director Tony Kilshawe
Front of House Alan Cresswell
Stage Director Philip Bowthorpe
Stage Managers Molly Fitzgerald & Eleanor Bowthorpe
Lighting & Effects Nick Tigwell
Bar Peter Woods
Buffet Vera Eckersley
Box Office Glenys Cresswell

Cast of The Manor of Northstead