Trelawny Of The Wells

a play by Arthur Wing Pinero

Directed by Laurie Heatherington

December 1998

Thursday 3rd at 7.45 pm
Friday 4th at 7.45 pm
Saturday 5th at 7.45pm

The action takes place in London in the early 1860s

Act 1

A Lodging House in Brydon Crescent, Clerkenwell, May

Act 2

Sir William Gower's Residence, Cavendish Square, June

Act 3

Again at Brydon Crescent, December

Act 4

On the stage of the Pantheon Theatre, a few days later

Theatrical Folk (Members of the Company of the Sadlers-Wells Theatre)
Tom WrenchSpencer Clayton
Mrs TelferMari I'Anson
James TelferLaurie Heatherington
Augustus ColpoysPaul Sparks
Ferdinand GaddStewart Shrank
Avonia BunnJudith Shrank
Rose TrelawnyFiona Soutar
(Of the Olympic Theatre)
Imogen ParrotJessica Mori
Non-Theatrical Folk
Mrs MossopMargaret Johnson
Mr AblettStephen Sewell
SarahAnn Hefford
Sir William GowerAlan Jobson
Miss Trafalgar GowerSally Martin
Arthur GowerNick Johnson
ClaraNatalie Besate
Captain De FoenixDavid Constable
CharlesStephen Sewell
Members of The Company of the Pantheon Theatre
O'DwyerMike Sparks
Mr DenzilDavid Constable
Miss BrewsterBetty Robertson
Hall KeeperAnn Hefford
Production Team
DirectorLaurie Heatherington
Stage ManagersDavid Constable
Mike Sparks
Set DesignJohn Savage
Set ConstructionJohn Savage
John Parnwell
Members of the Company
CostumesPat Isaacs
Jenny Sparks
Irene Sparks
LightingChris Newton
Brian Clayfield
SoundDavid Constable
PropertiesVera Mitchell
Beryl Hughes
Poster Design / ProgrammeNick Johnson
Original MusicMike Sparks
PrompterBetty Robertson
Box OfficeBetty Burgess
Front of HouseEileen Parnwell
John Parnwell

Programme Notes

Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934) wrote 'Trelawny of the Wells' in the late 1890s, looking back at the 1860s when plays made no attempt at realism. The character of Tom Wrench is based upon Tom Robinson, who was the first realist playright. Imogen Parrot is based upon Marie Wilton, an actress at the fashionable Olympic Theatre, who later bought and restored the Queen's Theatre in Oxford Street, renaming it the Prince of Wales (the Pantheon in the play). Actors played stock characters, for instance General Utility, the humblest of parts, and Low Comedian. They would not rehearse a complete text, merely have their own lines written down, known as a 'Part'. Edmund Kean was the foremost English tragic actor of the nineteenth century. His son, Charles, was also an actor-manager (hence the reference to 'Which Kean?').

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