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The Waltz of the Toreadors

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

February 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27, 1971.

The Waltz of the Toreadors

by Jean Anouilh adapted by Lucienne Hill



Directed by
Jon Peaty


Jack Bingham – General St. Pé

Margaret Ockenden – Emily, his wife

Ray Hopper – Gaston, his secretary

Carol Petherwick – Estella, his daughter

Rosalind Tripp – Sidonia, his daughter

Barrie Bowen – Doctor Bonfant

Hilary Wiltshire – Mlle Chislaine de Ste-Euverte

Susan Stinton – Eugenie, a maid

Audrey Laye – Mm. Dupont-Fredaine

George Porter – Father Ambrose

Miranda Bowen – Pamela, a maid


Production Crew

Stage Manager – Brian Moulton

Assistant Stage Manager – David Wiltshire

Production Secretary – Douglas Tucker

Costumes – Frances Moulton

Costumes – Carol Brand

Lighting – Frank Hurrell

Sound Effects – Terry Gibbs

Sound Effects – Frank Hurrell

Properties – Frances Thorne

Properties – Margaret Davy

Settings Designed – Jon Peaty

Front of House Manager – Paul Carpenter


Programme Note: Waltz of the Toreadors

JP wrote: “This play takes us back to the late Edwardian era, Gay Paris and the false securities of pre-1914. Our General St. Pe’ is very much the peace-time officer with family problems! He dwells in the romantic past with the imagination of a Cassanova, ridiculous, loveable and possessing a touch of comic frailty. He and his ladies live around us to-day. The same wish to escape their age and live in a private world of memories and past glories. The waltz of human comedy – a battlefield! Jean Anouilh gives us a work of art – full of devilish cunning and sweetness, an insight into our lives.

It has been a privilege and pleasure producing this talented Company in the delightful Play. Many thank to you all.”