A Chorus of Disapproval

by Alan Ayckbourn

directed by Albie Minns

Performed at the

Nuffield Theatre


29th January to 1st February 1997

Notes from the Director

Following its initial view in ‘the round’ at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough on 2nd May 1984, the Play opened at The National Theatre’s Olivier Auditorium on 1st August 1985 where it played in repertoire for ten months, transferring to the Lyric Theatre, Shaftsbury Avenue on 4th June 1986 since when it has been produced around the country and made into a film with a star studded cast.

‘Chorus of Disapproval’ was Ayckbourn’s fourth National Theatre production and has become one of the ‘best sellers’ of the author’s plays. It is full of those archetypal ‘Ayckbourn’ characters, each of whom you will doubtless recognise as someone you know; they are also love/hate characters - the down trodden wife who turns and selfishly snatches at happiness, inflicting the same hurt as she suffered; the apparently uncaring and dominant husband who is racked with self doubt, vulnerable, and deeply caring - are but two examples.

This production brings together a host of ‘seasonal’ Maskers and several new faces, some of whom will be familiar to Southampton Operatic Society followers, in a delightfully restructured and refurbished Nuffield Theatre. I hope that you enjoy their presentation of this superbly written play.

My final tribute is to Michael Patterson - the Musical director and Mr. Ames without whose help, performance and talent etc. etc. etc.

Albert Minns

Guy Jones Alec Walters
Dafydd A P Llewellyn Ken Spencer
Hannah Llewellyn Hazel Burrows
Bridget Baines Belinda Drew
Linda Washbrook Jan Ward
Crispin Usher Jeremy Minns
Ian Hubbard Liam Meggason
Fay Hubbard Sarah Humphrey
Ted Washbrook David Jupp
Enid Washbrook Christine Baker
Jarvis Huntley-Pike Ian Morley
Rebecca Huntley-Pike Philippa Taylor
Mr. Ames Michael Patterson
Raymond Kewsee Clive Weeks
Tempest Wadebridge Clare Minns
Sandy Beeston Lyn Austin
Margaret Alright Mollie Manns
Annie Anderson Adrienne Bath
Frances Parfois Julie Baker
Tom Dickie Tony Austin
Tony Moffitt Reg Bath


For the Maskers
Director Albie Minns
Musical Director Michael Patterson
Stage Manager Angie Barks
Lighting Clive Weeks
Sound Laurie Gee
Set Design Ken Spencer
Set Construction Liaison Ron Tillyer
Set Painting Edwin Beecroft
Set Construction Paul Lewis and Southampton City College Students
Properties Ella Lockett
Dance Arrangement Adrienne Bath
Poster Design John Hamon
Publicity Jan Ward, Philippa Taylor
Wardrobe Christine Baker, Sarah Humphrey
Programme Angela Stansbridge
Stage Crew Paul Baker, Rob Robinson, Geoff Cook, Martin Ingoe


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