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The Marquise

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre

December 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 1976

The Marquise

by Noël Coward

Directed by
Audrey Laye

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“Quart in a pint pot”
– Shoreham Herald –


Jean Porter – The Marquise, Eloise de Kestournal

Valerie Burt – Alice, her maid

Douglas Tucker – The Compte, Raoul de Vriaac

Susan Cara – Adrienne, his daughter

David Peaty – Jacques Rijar, his secretary

Keith Denyer – Esteban, El Duco de Santaguano

Tim Cara – Miguel

Bill Mack – Hubert


Production Crew

Stage DirectorGeorge Laye

Stage ManagerAlan Upton

Assistant Stage ManagerEthel Barrs

Assistant Stage ManagerAnita Hill

Stage DesignGeorge Laye

Set ConstructionBill Mack

Wardrobe MistressHilary Woodward

LightingFrank Hurrell

LightingAndrew Theaker


Programme Note #1: The Marquise

AL wrote: “The Marquise, according to the ‘master’, is a tenuous, frivolous little piece. He says he had no apparent reason, except that pictorially the period is attractive, for electing to place a brittle ‘modern’ comedy in an 18th Century setting.

For us it offers a challenge – a fine piece of theatre because it extends us all – director, cast and technical staff.
We hope that by uniting our thoughts and efforts, you, like Noël Coward, after seeing the first performance of his play in London will consider it ‘gay, charming and altogether delightful’ and we trust that we shall make the evening enjoyable for you.”

Programme Note #2: The Marquise

This production by WICK is their entry for the Brighton & District Drama Association Full Length Play Festival 1976.
WICK is one of nine amateur companies competing for a number of awards. The play will be adjudicated by the West Sussex County Drama Adviser, George Rawlins. WICK is trying for a hat-trick of Best Play award having taken this with The Lark in 1974 and When We Are Married in 1975. Douglas Tucker is also going for three, having taken Best Actor in the WICK’s previous two award winning productions.