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Arsenic & Old Lace

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

October 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 1979

Arsenic & Old Lace

by Joseph Kesselring

Directed by
Brian Moulton

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“Lot to be thankful for”
– Shoreham Herald –


Sheila Wright – Abby Brewster

Frances Moulton – Martha Brewster

Michael Donkin – Mortimer Brewster

Douglas Tucker – Teddy Brewster

Keith Denyer – Jonathon Brewster

Alan Upton – Dr. Einstein

John King – Rev. Dr. Harper

Miranda Bowen – Elaine Harper

Paul Lynn – Officer Brophy

Barrie Bowen – Officer Klein

Bill Mack – Officer O’Hara

Peter Gullen – Lieut. Rooney

George Porter – Mr. Gibbs

Ralph Dawes – Mr. Witherspoon


Production Crew

Stage ManagerAnthony Muzzall

AssistantMargaret Davy

AssistantFrances Thorne

AssistantSusan Whittaker

AssistantMargaret Ockenden

LightingAndrew Theaker

Set DesignBrian Moulton

Set Construction – The Workshop

Box OfficeBetty Dawes

Wardrobe MistressPat Moss


Programme Note #1: Arsenic and Old Lace

BM wrote: “Arsenic and Old Lace is advertised as a black comedy, – we hope you enjoy the comedy and if, forever after you are a little afraid of sweet old ladies who offer you elderberry wine, we will have succeeded.”

This brief note was augmented with the following: “Familiar names and a sprinkling of new ones fill our cast list for this our opening play. [web ed: each Wick’s season start in the Autumn] Many of you will remember Frances Moulton in Hobson’s Choice and our opener last year, Butterflies Are Free and Douglas Tucker, Keith Denyer and Bill Mack in the award winning, When We Are Married. Alan Upton’s comedy rôles in our Ayckbourn productions give happy memories.

Sheila Wright has been seen at the Barn Theatre with the Southwick Operatic but as Abby Brewster, Sheila has her first straight drama rôle with Wick. Michael Donkin, a busy leading chiropodist, has been absent from Wick for many years; welcome back. Peter Gullen and Paul Lynn appear with the co-operation of their respective companies. Wick are very appreciative of this welcome sign of inter-company assistance which typifies the strong drama following in this area.”