The Lark

by Jean Anouilh
translated by Christopher Fry

designed and directed by John Mitchell

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre


Tuesday 12th to Saturday 16th October 1971


In 1420 the Treaty of Troyes rounded off the latest phase of the Hundred Years War by disinheriting the Dauphin and placing most of northern France either under English occupation or under the rule of England's ally, the Duke of Burgundy. By 1429 the Dauphin, Charles VII, had established his exiled court at Chinon. Charles was uncertain of his legitimacy, his government was inefficient, and morale in the southern provinces was verging on panic since the beginning of the English siege of Orleans. This was the situation when Joan of Arc came to Chinon in February of that year: within six months she had accomplished her mission of raising the siege of Orleans and marching victoriously to Rheims for Charles's coronation. The moral effect of this triumph was enormous, but this was the end of Joan's success. The French assault of Paris failed, and in May 1430 Joan was captured by the English, who decided to discredit Charles by trying her for witchcraft at Rouen.

The Cast
Joan Sue Eatwell
Warwick Beckett Pennington-Leigh
Cauchon David Pike
Inquisitor David Bartlett
Promoter Graham Buchanan
Brother Ladvenu Ray Green
The Father Peter White
The Mother Molly Manns
The Brother Martin Stannard
Beaudricourt Ken Spencer
Boudousse Keith Hooper
Charles Peter Neve
Yolande Joy Steele
The Queen Sandy White
Agnes Sorel Frances Dudley
Archbishop Ken Hann
La Trémouille Stephen Rake
Page Carol Darrock
La Hire Tony McCafffry
Executioner Dave Phillips
English Soldiers David Dudley, Bob Richardson
For the Maskers:  
Director John Mitchell
Stage Manager Colin Strange
Assistant Stage Managers Ron Avery, Connie Alderman
Wardrobe Mistress Serena Brown
Assistant Wardrobe Mistress Jo Bartlett
Lighting Designer Derek Jones
Lighting Operators Roger Lockett, Bill Sloman
Sound Technicians Geoff Grandy, John Schwiller, Rodney Stratford
Properties Sonia Morris, Avril Woodward, Lewis Yapp
Publicity John Carrington
Photographs Serena Brown



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Sue Eatwell, David Pike
David Pike
Sue Eatwell, Beckett Pennington-Legh
Sue Eatwell, David Pike, Ray Green and David Bartlett
Sue Eatwell, (Keith Hooper - stage manager - in the background)
Sue Eatwell, Mollie Manns
Dave Dudley, Bob Richardson, Sue Eatwell, David Pike, Ray Green, David Bartlett, Graham Buchanan

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