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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

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“worthy of high praise”
– Shoreham Herald –


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 ManagerBrian Moulton

Assistant Stage ManagerDavid Wiltshire

Production SecretaryDouglas Tucker

CostumesFrances Moulton

CostumesCarol Brand

LightingFrank Hurrell

Sound EffectsTerry Gibbs

Sound EffectsFrank Hurrell

PropertiesFrances Thorne

PropertiesMargaret Davy

Settings DesignedJon Peaty

Front of House ManagerPaul 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.”