1950s

1955-56 Season

Whitby Theatre Guild

"Blithe Spirit"

Comedy by Noel Coward
Directed by Harry Chapman

Cast: Joan Hill, Ness Jack, Bill Dyer, Mary Cole, Marion McLeod, Tait Davis, Eileen Chapman.

Synopsis: Blithe Spirit is a comic play written byNoël Coward which takes its title from Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem "To a Skylark" ("Hail to thee, blithe Spirit! / Bird thou never wert"). The play concerns socialite and novelist Charles Condomine, who invites the eccentric medium, Madame Arcati to his house to conduct a séance, hoping to gather material for his next book. The scheme backfires when he is haunted by the ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira, following the séance. Elvira makes continual attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost.

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1957-58 Season

Whitby Theatre Guild

"The Happiest Days of Your Life"

by John Dighton
Directed by Ron Bareham

Cast: Wayne Lehman, Reg. Tompkin, Dave Watson, Tom Edwards, Joan Hill, Frances Townsend, Milton Van der Veen, Pamela Stewart, Donalda Howe, Bert Heaver, Ness Jack, Ron Bareham, Joan Corkery.

Synopsis: Nutbourne College, an old established, all-boys, boarding school is told that another school is to be billeted with due to wartime restrictions. The shock is that it's an all-girls school that has been sent. The two head teachers are soon battling for the upper hand with each other and the Ministry. But a crisis (or two) forces them to work together.

Production Team: Ken Lehman, Connie Webber, John Townsend, Fran Pearse, Mrs. Watson, Marg. Ruddy, Carolyn Webber, Jean Hughes, Paul Barker. 

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1958-59 Season

Whitby Theatre Guild

"Wishing Well"

by E.E. Evans
Produced by Joan Hill
Directed by Bert Heaver

Cast: Joyce Wainwright, Herman Hessilink, Cyril Garratt, Reg Tompkins, Barbara Powell, Marcel Jones, Eunice Beer, Bob Hightower, Bert Heaver, Nancy Beer, Beryl Garratt.

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Synopsis: The action of the play takes place in the lounge of the Wishing Well Inn, in a Village in Wales

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1959-60 Season

Whitby Theatre Guild

"The Mousetrap"

Drama by Agatha Christie
Produced by David Watson
Directed by David Watson

Cast: Joyce Wainwright, Peter Patterson, Bob Hightower, Joam Hill, Reg Tompkins, Eileen Holding, Dave Watson, Wayne Lehman.

Synopsis: The news on the radio at Monkswell Manor relates a murder that has recently taken place. Mollie and Giles Ralston, the young, newly-married owners of the once-regal estate which they recently converted into a guest house, hardly notice the news. They are far too busy preparing for the arriving of their first guests—and concerned that the blizzard raging outside may hamper their arrival.

Production Team: Ivor Anthony, Herman Hesserlink, Ken Lehman and cast.

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 "Still Life"

by Noel Coward
Directed by Joan Hill

Cast: Jean Farquharson, Swyn Goad, Nancy Beer, Peter Ames, Tom Farquharson, Alex Gigiroff, Helen McKnight, Ross Gibson, Marcel Brunelle, Beth Ruterfore, Eunice Beer

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Synopsis: In the refreshment room of "Milford Junction" railway station, in the spring, Laura Jesson, a housewife, is waiting for her train home after shopping. She is in pain from a piece of grit that has got into her eye. Alec Harvey, a married physician, who is in the refreshment room, removes it for her.

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