The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.
June 28, 29, 30 & July 1, 1989.
Lloyd George Knew My Father
by William Douglas Home
Jean Porter – Lady Sheila Boothroyd
David Knox – General Sir William Boothroyd
Vic Gough – Hubert Boothroyd MP
Rosemary Mose – Maud Boothroyd
Lynsey Collis – Sally Boothroyd
Philip O’Brien – Simon Green
George Illman – Reverend Trevor Simmonds
Ron Cheesman – Robertson
Director Assistant – Jill Redman
Stage Manager – Dave Comber
Lighting & Sound – Jamie Boath
Lighting & Sound – Frances Thorne
Set Design – Jill Hutchinson
Set Construction – Ralph Dawes
Set Construction – Dave Collis
Set Construction – Dave Comber
Set Construction – Brian Box
Set Construction – Mike Davy
Pianist – Daphne Thornton
Bugle – Andy Buck
Props – Sue Whittaker
Props – Joan Bearman
Wardrobe Supervisor – Pat Moss
Continuity – Daniella Gibbs
Font of House Manager – Margaret Murrell
Foyer Flowers – Rosemary Biggs
Box Office – Jill Redman
Programme Note #1: Lloyd George Knew My Father
GB wrote: “Apart from the thriller Nightwatch, humour has been the key of our 40th season. The Liver Birds with its Liverpudlian humour gained Trudy Nash best actress award in the three-act play entries. Northern humour was the key to When We Are Married and in a our final play of the season we present humour from the pen of William Douglas-Home who has written such outstanding successes as The Chiltern Hundreds and The Reluctant Debutante amongst many others.
When Lady Sheila Boothroyd hears that the Planning Authorities are determined to keep to their decision to drive a road through the grounds of Boothroyd Hall – incidentally given in perpetuity by James 1st and where dear old Charles 1st stayed the night before the Battle of Edgehill – her patience is exhausted and she decides on extreme measures much to the dismay of the rest of the family.
The result I leave for you to follow – perhaps at times even vocally!”
Review #1: Lloyd George Knew My Father
Publication: Shoreham Herald
Publication Data: July 14 1989 issue – page 20
Text Header: “Cheering out Lloyd George”
WICK THEATRE Company’s recent production of Lloyd George Knew My Father brought cheers and curtain calls from packed houses. Actress Mrs Jean Porter aid, “The audience were cheering when the curtain went down after the Friday and Saturday night shows. That sort of thing is virtually unheard of in Southwick shows.”
Set in 1973, the play is a comedy by William Douglas-Home. It is a farce based on the anger and confusion caused when plans arise to put a by-pass through an estate owned by Lady and General William Boothroyd. Sir Boothroyd, played by David Knox, starts most of the laughs due to his partial deafness and stiff-upper-lip attitude to everything. His cunning and conniving wife Lady Sheila Boothroyd was convincingly played by Jean Porter.
The show, in the Wick Theatre Company’s 40th anniversary year, was ably produced by Guy Brighton, well-known for his popular Southwick productions.
It ran from June 28 to July 1 at Southwick Barn theatre.
The company’s next production will be the comedy Stepping Out, in September. It is the story of a group of tap dancers rehearsing in a village hall before a major performance.