Rookery Nook

by Ben Travers

directed by Ken Spencer

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre


17th to 22nd September 1979

Ben Travers commenced his brilliant career as an author and novelist just after the First World War and simply could not stop! Nor did his wit or ability fail him in later years, as may be expected of a man whose writing career spans more than fifty years. Indeed "The Bed Before Yesterday" was first produced in 1976, Ben Travers’ ninetieth year, and was acclaimed by critics as one of his finest works.

Travers was of course the master of the Aldwych farces, the basis of which, in his own words, were that "the characters wanted to go to bed with each other".

Rookery Nook was first produced in 1926 and is, perhaps, one of the best known and best loved of his plays. It was revived in 1972 as a West End musical under the name "Popkiss". The play has long been on the Maskers most wanted list and we trust that you will enjoy this evening's performance.

Gertrude Twine Jenny McConnell
Mrs. Leverett Julie Baker
Harold Twine Tony Bull
Clive Popkiss John Carrington
Gerald Popkiss Philip de Grouchy
Rhoda Marley Mary Elliott
Putz Ken Spencer
Admiral Juddy David Jupp
Poppy Dickey Philippa Taylor
Clara Popkiss Carol Clark
Mrs. Possett Sheila Clark
For the Maskers:  
Designer and Director Ken Spencer
Technical Director Joy Wingfield
Stage Manager Mike Patterson
Lighting Clive Weeks
Sound Ron Tillyer, David Bartlett
Set Construction Bill Parkes, John Riggs
Wardrobe Lillian Gunstone
Properties Angela Stephens
Business Management and Publicity Graham Buchanan, Brian Stansbridge


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