March, 2006 Newsletter

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You have three more weeks to see THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams. The last play of the season, BAD BLOOD, has been cast and will open on 17 April. Here is a mini synopsis of this thriller:

Tom and Victoria are an ideal couple with all that money can buy. Then everything goes wrong when a girl turns up claiming to be Tom's long lost daughter from a previous relationship. Her arrival sets off an escalating spiral of suspicion, greed and murder, as blood ties and life-long friendships are put to the test in this entertaining new British thriller by Richard Stockwell.

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An anecdote from the past
Years ago we had posters from all of our previous productions hanging on the walls of our box office for people to see when they came to pick up their tickets. They were colourful and more interesting to look at then a blank wall. One day a young man came to the box office to buy tickets. He studied the posters, pointed at one of them and said, “I'd like two tickets for that one.” The play he had chosen had been done fives years before, so we got a little hysterical as we tried to explain to him that we could not revive it in time for him to see it. Maybe he thought we were a cinema.

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Recent Press Clippings

…this semi-autobiographical work (THE GLASS MENAGERIE) has the ability to transport the audience into another world. All performances were excellent, especially that of Michael Lindley as Tom. The whole team, including director Clifford Dean and set designer Mathias Wardeck, gave us a memorable rendition of this wonderful, yet heart-rending play.

In Memoriam

Richard Meder (left) and John MacRae lived in San Francisco and met the directors of The English Theatre of Hamburg in 1966 at the Festival Theatre in Marin County. Richard (a teacher and musician) and John (an actor and all round man of the theatre) were two enthusiastic, multi-talented people who lived life to the fullest and were generous to a fault. Renaissance men and lovers of the fine arts, they could converse on any subject: theatre, opera, art, music, literature, history, cuisine, fine wines, name it! Their interests had no boundaries.

When Robert or Clifford needed music for plays in Hamburg, Richard and John would compose and play and record something appropriate on tapes that they would send to Hamburg. They found and taped all kinds of sound effects for the Hamburg theatre as well. This went on for years without them asking for any remuneration. They felt a part of the theatre even though they never made it to Germany to see a production. Many of you have heard their work in our theatre without realizing where it came from. You may very well hear it again because we still occasionally draw from a library of sound that they produced. These two guys adopted children long distance through UNICEF and were asked to become the godfathers of the two daughters of a Chinese friend that Robert and Clifford introduced to them. Meder and MacRae were role models for young people and loved by people of all ages. They enriched the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to have known them. Both died in the 1990s of cancer.

30th Anniversary Season
(2005 / 2006)

Now playing until 8 April

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

Tom (Michael Lindley) tries to make his mother (Julie Bevan) understand that he is suffocating in his job at a warehouse, and needs to break loose from his surroundings and seek adventure.

Mrs. Wingfield (Julie Bevan) has convinced her son Tom (Michael Lindley, right) to bring home a young man from the warehouse where he works. She hopes that he will be interested in her daughter Laura who becomes too sick to join them at the table when she realizes that the “Gentleman Caller” (Antony Jardine) is a young man she had secret romantic feelings for in high school.

The “Gentleman Caller" (Antony Jardine) is interested in Laura (Olivia Dawny) and treats her with sensitivity. She shows him her collection of little animals made out of glass, her “Glass Menagerie,” and, although Laura is handicapped and cannot move as gracefully as other girls, he persuades her to dance with him in candle light and kisses her tenderly. Mrs. Wingfield has great hopes that they have finally found a man who will marry and support her daughter.

Coming Soon


     Venetia Deane          Michael Garland            Holly Weston

      Julian Agnew               Ben Wigzell

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