Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

36th Production

Arsenic and Old Lace

By Josef Kesselring

18th - 21st February 1959


Abby Brewster

The Rev. Dr. Harper

Teddy Brewster

Officer Brophy

Officer Klein

Martha Brewster

Elaine Harper

Mortimer Brewster

Mr. Gibbs

Jonathan Brewster

Dr. Einstein

Officer O'Hara

Lieutenant Rooney

Mr. Witherspoon

Phyllis G. Dadd

Fred Butler

John Hughes

Peter Cribb

Michael Morden

Marjorie Coates

Ann Marris

James Gray

Kenneth Coates

Michael Bradley

Ivan Clayton

Eric Dove

Stan Jacklin

K. F. Coates

Production Team


Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager

Properties Mistress

Wardrobe Mistress

House Manager


Setting designed and built by

and painted by

Fred Swainson

Joan Brown

Wendy Borrill

Jean Coote

Phyllis G. Dadd

Mavis Ellin

William Harrington

Fred Butler

Ivan Clayton

Ann Marris
John Hughes

Programme Notes

Welcome once again to the Civic Theatre and to our third production this season, “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Undoubtedly this is one of the funniest comedies of our time and we cordially invite you to sit back and enjoy it.


Making his debut as a producer with The Hospital Players is Fred Swainson who has had many years of experience in amateur dramatics both in Scunthorpe and Sheffield.


Many difficulties of casting and organisation had to be overcome because of the large male cast involved but Mr. Swainson patiently solved all the problems to produce this really worthwhile comedy.


Playing Officer Klein in tonight’s production is Michael Morden who three weeks ago was still convalescing after a serious accident at a Scunthorpe steelworks. We welcome him back to our ranks with congratulations on his successful recovery.


Our next production will be another comedy, this time in a different vein – “Relative Values” by Noel Coward. Eric Dove will also be making his debut with the Society as a producer, and the play will be presented on 25th May, 1959.


Finally we would draw your attention to the clock in the auditorium which we have presented to the Civic Theatre. With your continued patronage we hope it will be the first of many such presentations we are able to make to the Theatre to increase its amenities.