Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

35th Production

An Anniversary Production of

A Murder Has Been Arranged

By Emlyn Williams

Saturday 29th November 1958


Miss Groze

Cavendish (Stage Hand)

Mrs. Wragg

Jimmy North

Beatrice Jasper

Mrs. Arthur (her mother)

Sir Charles Jasper

Maurice Mullins

A Woman

Doreen Sutton

John Hughes

Sheila Smith

Eric Dove

Pauline Clayton

Phyllis Dadd

Fred Butler

Fred Swainson

Joan Brown

Production Team


Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Managers


Property Mistress

Wardrobe Mistress

House Manager


Setting designed by

Kenneth F. Coates

John Hughes

Wendy Borrill

Peter Harrington

Ann Marris

Phyllis Dadd

Mary Hornsby

W. Harrington

Ivan Clayton

Fred Butler

Programme Notes

It is with pleasure that we welcome you to our second production of the season – although this play is of an entirely different type from “The Reluctant Debutante,” we hope that you will find it equally entertaining and that you will have an enjoyable evening.

As a result of being able to stage our productions in this Theatre our audiences have greatly increased and it may be that some of our new patrons are interested in joining the Society. We are always pleased to welcome new members and if any person wishes to join it is only necessary for them to mention it to any of the stewards or alternatively to contact the Secretary direct.

It is only by increasing our membership that we can extend our scope both of numbers and types of productions, so if you are interested in helping in some capacity – either on the stage or backstage – please let us know – you will indeed be welcome.

“A Murder Has Been Arranged” was first performed on the Stage of the St. James’s Theatre, London, on Wednesday, the 26th November, 1930 – exactly twenty-eight years ago. In view of this unique coincidence the Society asked the author if he could possibly be present at our opening performance, as he was on that first opening night many years ago. Mr. Williams regretted that as he was playing in London it was not possible for him to be present – he did, however, send the following message:

15, Pelham Cres.,



9th October, 1958.

I am delighted to hear that The Hospital Players are preparing a production of ‘A Murder Has Been Arranged’ on its twenty-eighth birthday. I shall be thinking of the Players and wishing them well on this day, which it won’t be easy for me to forget as it happens to be the date of my own birthday as well!

Good Luck and Happy Hunting,

Emlyn Williams