Joseph Andrews

by Henry Fielding - adapted by P.M.Clepper

directed by Mollie Manns

Performed at

Mottisfont Abbey


21st to 31st July 1993

HENRY FIELDING was born in 1707, at Sharpham Park, near Glastonbury. He was educated privately at first and then at Eton. In 1725 he attempted to abduct an heiress and was bound over to keep the peace. He then went to London, where, in 1728, he published a satirical poem, The Masquerade, and a comedy, Love in Several Masques. From 1728 to 1729 he was a student of literature at Leyden University, returning to London in the autumn of the latter year. Between then and 1737 he wrote some twenty-five dramatic pieces including comedies, adaptations of Molière, farces, ballad operas, burlesques, and a series of topical satires, such as Pasquin and The Historical Register, which lampooned Sir Robert Walpole and his government. It was partly because of this last play that Walpole introduced the Stage Licensing Act in 1737, which effectively ended Fielding’s career as a dramatist. After this he embarked on a career in the law and was called to the Bar in 1740, but he had little success as a barrister. In 1734 he married Charlotte Cradock, the model for Sophie Western and also for the heroine of his last novel,  Amelia (1751).

His novel-writing career began with Shamela in 1741, a burlesque written in reaction to what he saw as the smug morality propounded by Richardson’s Pamela. In the following year he published his own alternative conception of the art and purpose of the novel, Joseph Andrews, which achieved immediate popularity. His masterpiece Tom Jones, one of the great comic novels in English literature, was published in 1749. The Miscellanies (including Jonathan Wild) were published in 1743. After Walpole’s fall he wrote pro-government journalism, and he produced two weekly anti-Jacobite papers, The True Patriot (1745-6) and The Jacobite’s Journal (1747-8). Later he ran The Covent Garden Journal which contains some of his best satire.

In 1748 Fielding was commissioned as a justice of the Peace for Westminster and in the following year became Chairman of the Quarter Sessions of Westminster. He and his brother, John Fielding, were prominent in developing the police force, and between 1749 and 1752 Fielding wrote a good deal on urgent legal and social problems. For many years he had suffered from gout and in April 1754 ill-health forced him to resign his post and he left for Lisbon. He died on 8 October 1754.

Cast (in order of appearance)
Mrs. Wilson Christine Baker
Nephew  Robbie Carnegie
Pamella Belinda Drew
Lady Booby Jenni Watson
Parson Adams  Harry Tuffill
Mrs. Slipslop Hazel Burrows
Fanny Goodwill Emma Carrington
Joseph Andrews Laurence Dowding
Mrs. Andrews  Sheana Carrington
Robbers John Carrington, Sean McCann, Davie McKee, Anya Cook, Gina Evans
Betty Katrina Dowding
Mrs. Tow-Wouse Meri Lawther
Mr. Didapper  Albie Minns
Constable  David jupp
Mrs. Trulliber Jenny McConnell
Justice Frollick Graham Hill
Gypsy Gina Evans
Mrs. Trulliber’s "beauties"  Joe Chiari, Sam Chiari, Nicholas Lawther, Susannah Lawther, Donna Murphy, Nicola Shakespeare, Katie Ward
Bridesmaids  Susannah Lawther
Clare Minns, Lilli Picincu, Derek Sealy, Sean McCann, Davie McKee, David Jupp


For the Maskers
Director Mollie Manns
Production & Stage Manager Ken Spencer
Assistant Stage Manager Douglas Shiell
Set Construction Geoff Cook, Douglas Shiell, Chris Finbow
Lighting Design Clive Weeks
Lighting Operators Stewart Cross, Anthony Baldery, Julia Campone, Alison Mountford, Craig Buckingham, Euan Shiell
Sound Lawrie Gee
Properties Ella Lockett, Kirsten Shiell
Wardrobe Hire Hampshire County Wardrobe
Wardrobe Team Suzanne Dowding, Val Oswald, Jan Ward
Dressers Pat Billows, Sean McCann
Front-of-House Manager Alan Watson
Front-of-House Team The Company
Musical Advisers Belinda Drew, Michael Patterson
Fight Arranger Paul Benzig
Wig Hire ShowBiz of Southampton
Production Assistant Graham Hill
Publicity & Marketing Jan Ward



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