It is 1972 in Southern Warwickshire. Edward Heath was Prime Minister, Bobby Fischer became World Chess Champion, The Joy of Sex was published and Gough Whitlam became Prime Minister of Australia.
Dr Beeching has closed most of the railway stations and the whole network of highways, freeways and bypass roads is beginning to crawl across the face of rural England.
Slap in the middle of the bypass plans through Boothroyd Park stands Lady Shelia Boothroyd, determined to prevent the desecration of the estate, given to the family by King James the First.
Lady Boothroyd says there are no steps too drastic to take to prevent the bypass, up to and including suicide. Her husband, General Sir William Boothroyd, thinks she’s barking mad, the son, Hubert Boothroyd MP, thinks she’s a bump in the road of progress and she thinks she’s the only one fighting for the family.
It’s a gently witty, whimsical, black comedy/drama of love, faith and determination.
Lloyd George Knew My Father was written by William Douglas-Home, younger brother of Sir Alec Douglas-Home (formerly 14th Earl of Home) the British Prime Minister. The play was filmed for British TV starring Celia Johnson, Roland Culver and George Cole. It is currently in revival in the West End starring Edward Fox and Helen Ryan.
A prolific playwright whose reputation has not survived as his contemporaries Coward and Rattigan have, Douglas-Home wrote more than fifty plays. His other works include The Chiltern Hundreds, The Reluctant Debutante and The Dame of Sark, all of which were made into films.
Marloo’s production features some very experienced actors and crew. Douglas Sutherland-Bruce, director, (My Fair Lady, Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan) said of the play that it is one he has had on the back burner since 1982 when he read it and has been waiting for the right cast to become available to stage it.
The pivotal role of Lady Boothroyd is filled by the diminutive but feisty Rosemary Mowbray, a latecomer to acting but very talented and the winner of Best Actress in the Hills Festival of Theatre. Sir William is played by the highly experienced, and much awarded, Ray Egan. The cast also includes Keith Scrivens (My Fair Lady); Nerida Watson (Witness For The Prosecution); Richard Coleman; Bill Nind; Martha Wood; and David Bain.
The season begins on August 9th and runs until the 24th. Performances at 8:00pm (2:00pm for matinees). Tickets Adults $18, Conc/child $16, Members $14.
Family 2Ad+2ch $60. Bookings: 9255 1783
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