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The Waltz of the Toreadors

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

March 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2013.

The Waltz of the Toreadors

by Jean Anouilh

“Brave choice proves perfect performance”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Caroline Woodley


Graham Till – General Leon St Pé

Pam Luxton – Amélie [the Generals’ Wife]

Phil Brown – Gaston [the General’s Secretary]

Alys Bowerman – Estelle [General’s Daughter]

Amy Curtis – Sidonie [General’s Daughter]

Stephanie Moorey – Ghislaine de Saint-Euverte

David Peaty – Dr. Bonfant

Maggi Pierce – Eugénie [a Maid]

Lauretta Tomlinson – Mme Dupont-Fredaine [a Dress-Maker]

Bob Ryder – the Curé

Rhiannon Armitage – [new Maid]


Production Crew

Stage Manager – John Garland

Lighting – Martin Oakley

Sound Design – Bob Ryder

Sound Operation – Rhys Skilling

Sound Operation – Andy Viney

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Set Construction & Painting – David Comber

Set Construction & Painting – Carl Gray

Set Construction & Painting – Dave Collis

Set Construction & Painting – Sue Chaplin

Set Construction & Painting – Margaret Davy

Set Construction & Painting – Peter Harrison

Set Construction & Painting – Sheila Neesham

Set Construction & Painting – Martin Oakley

Set Construction & Painting – Judith Berrill

Publicity – Anna Quick

Publicity – Rosemary Brown

Publicity – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity – Judith Berrill


Programme Note #1: The Waltz of the Toreadors

CW wrote: “The Waltz of the Toreadors was written in 1951 by Jean Anouilh and could be best described as a comical, tragic farce.

A story of memory, desire and loss. A midlife crisis with a French twist. The General finds himself lost in the fond memory of his old flirtation. When Ghislaine turns up suddenly, he is delighted – until he finds himself competing for her hand with a considerably younger suitor.

This play has been made into a musical, a film starring Peter Sellers and, more recently, a production by the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2007 with Peter Bowles as the General, using this new translation by Ranjit Bolt.

This is the first time I have directed for Wick Theatre Company and i have really enjoyed working on this play – which was one of those on my ‘to do’ list. I know that all the hard work by the company in the bleak winter months will blossom in this production.

It has been a pleasure.”