Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th June 1977
Peter Nichols writes to the producer of the play:
I needn't tell you, I'm sure, that this piece is neither an attack on nor a defence of the Health Service. When I told this to some journalist in an interview, before the play opened, he added to my words: Not intentionally anyway. Only the title leads people to expect it, but, of course, I meant that to refer to the health of the nation.
The other actors should not take their cue from Barnet, who is not my mouthpiece. He is a man who puts everything at its lowest value. He survives, he's funny, but he misses the point ...
I am only too aware that Barnet doesn't do much to praise the Health Service or attack Private Medicine but the play isn't about that anyway and I'm only anxious to prevent people using it as Right Wing propaganda ...
Please feel free to make clear in programmes and press releases that the play isn't an attack on Medicare or Socialism or any other sensible undertaking. I take it for granted that any decent community would want its resources to be shared - whether they're hospitals, libraries, parks, universities, houses, milk, old masters or fresh slamon - and inasmuch as we fail to share them, we fail to be respectable. But you can see how difficult it is to say that in a play without getting egg on your face. The emphasis might be on the fact that the play's called The National Health, not The National Health Service.
|Staff Nurse Norton||Merry Duxbury|
|Nurse Sweet||Linda Peake|
|Nurse Lake||Pat Nurse|
|Mr Boyd||Ken Spencer|
|Neil, his son||Brian Stansbridge|
|Dr. Bird||Nikki Baker|
|Indian Student||Geoff Wharam|
|Old woman||Ena Hamon|
|Audrey Whitaker, Meri Lawther, Sheila Clark, Lilian gunstone, Mollie Manns, Monty Rose, Clive Weeks.|
|For the Maskers:|
|Set Design||Peter White|
|Set Construction||Alan Baker, John Riggs, Ron Tillyer, The Maskers|
|Lighting Designer||Derek Jones|
|Lighting operators||Ivan White, Roger Lockett|
|Props||Joy Wingfield, Gillian Roberts, Sue Hughes, Mike Johnson, Derek Sealey|
|Production Assistant||Avril Woodward|
|Stage Manager||Keith Hooper|
|Art Work||John Hamon|
|Business Manager||Brian Stansbridge|
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