1956 – 1959

Pool’s Paradise

??? 1958


Sailor Beware

July 1958


The Hollow

by Agatha Christie

??? 1958

The Hollow is a 1951 play by crime writer Agatha Christie. It is based on the 1946 book of the same name.

Christie had always felt that The Hollow would make a good play but she came up against the opposition of her daughter, Rosalind Hicks, who Christie affectionately described as having “had the valuable role in life of eternally trying to discourage me without success”. Christie was determined to turn the book, which both she and Rosalind liked, into a play but was equally adamant that in doing so it would lose the character of Hercule Poirot whose appearance in the book she thought had “ruined it”. The parts of the policemen were changed from the book as well from Inspector Grange and Sergeant Clark to Inspector Colquohoun and Detective Sergeant Penny.

The play opened at the Arts Theatre in Cambridge on 10 February 1951 and performances followed at the Fortune Theatre in London in June 1951 and the Ambassadors Theatre on October 1951 where it ran for a total of eleven months and 376 performances.


 

The Blue Goose

by Peter Blackmore

April 1958

The Blue Goose is a domestic comedy with a strong municipal and nautical background. The father of the family is treasurer to a borough council in England. His wife believes she can sing and insists on her two daughters joining her in local concert acts. One daughter is engaged to the mayor, an ex-jockey, who is the local undertaker: the other daughter falls in love with a world-roaming yachtsman who happens to visit their seaside town.


Serious Charge

by Philip King

July 1957

This is most probably the play written by Philip King in 1956.  Philip King (30 October 1904 – 9 February 1979) was an English playwright and actor, born in Yorkshire. He is best known as the author of the farce See How They Run (1944).  He lived in Brighton and many of his plays were first produced in nearby Worthing. He continued to act throughout his writing career, often appearing in his own plays.


Among Those Present

by Aubrey Feist

The action in Among Those Present takes place in a lounge in a small country house on a winter’s evening.

The Old Bull and Bash

July 1957


One Wild Oat

by Vernon Sylvaine

April 1957

One Wild Oat is a comedy play by the British writer Vernon Sylvaine which premiered in 1948. It’s West End run was at the Garrick Theatre with direction by the veteran entertainer Jack Buchanan. It ran for 508 performances from December 1948 to February 1950. The cast originally included Robertson Hare and Alfred Drayton, who had appeared together in several of Sylvaine’s farces and their subsequent film adaptations. In 1949, following the death of Drayton, his role was taken over first by Arthur Riscoe and then Hartley Power.


To Kill A Cat

????


See How They Run

by Philip King

October 1956

See How They Run is an English comedy in three acts by Philip King. Its title is a line from the nursery rhyme “Three Blind Mice”. It is considered a farce for its tense comic situations and headlong humour, heavily playing on mistaken identity, doors, and vicars. In 1955 it was adapted as a film starring Roland Culver.

King wrote the first act in 1942 under the title Moon Madness, with the final act completed in 1943. His play was first staged by Henry Kendall at the Peterborough Rep in 1944 prior to a British tour as an entertainment for the troops, under the auspices of ENSA.

Henry Kendall’s production, re-cast and restaged, was then presented by producer Jack de Leon at his Q Theatre, close to Kew Bridge, as Christmas entertainment opening on 21 December 1944. It then transferred – with one change of cast – to the Comedy Theatre, opening to rave reviews on 4 January 1945.

The cast included Joan Hickson as the maid Ida (an actress new to comedy who had been acting at the Q Theatre since 1942) and starred Beryl Mason and George Gee as Penelope and Clive.  It ran for 18 months at the Comedy, notching up 589 performances.

The West End opening night was not without its perils. Three ‘doodle-bugs’ (V-1 flying bombs) exploded nearby. No-one budged until after the play was over, but Gee complained at the cast party that all three went off just as he was speaking his funniest lines.


Love’s a Luxury

by Gay Paxton

Directed by Eric Stanhope

June 1956

Set in the 1950s this play reflected earlier times. Guy Paxton and Edward V Hoile first wrote the play in 1942, but it was not until 1952 when Hugh Wakefield and Elwyn Ambrose used the story for a film script that it became Love’s a Luxury. The play has all the hallmarks of farce and was just what was wanted after the years of war and the austere years that followed, it wants to make you laugh. It is slightly quaint, not knowing quite where it falls in time, but it is this feeling of being lost in time that allows it to work on the stage. 

A theatre man, who seeks refuge in the country away from the women around him, makes his way to Cranberry Cottage with his leading man. They are met by a young girl who is standing in for her mother who is the housekeeper. Add a crazy camper and allow the wife and girlfriend to arrive with the son and you have the ingredients for a farce.