By Martin Starkie and Nevill Coghill
Based on a translation from Chaucer by Nevill Coghill
Tuesday 1st - Saturday 5th May 1979
The Wife of Bath
The Miller's Tale
The Steward's Tale
The Merchant's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
Assistant Stage Managers
Front of House
For the Civic Theatre
Tributes marking The Hospital Players' 100th Production and the Civic Theatre's 21st Anniversary
What a fascinating choice for your 100th effort and the theatre's 21st Birthday. Congratulations and very best wishes for a resounding success.
During the many years when I acted as Drama Adviser for what was once known as Lindsey, I was privileged to help The Hospital Players with many of their shows and I shall always remember those times as particularly happy occasions.
Now that I have passed my seventieth birthday I feel even more privileged at being able to celebrate with this splendid group the achievement of their 100th production.
My wife joins me in warmest congratulations on their long record of service to the town and its delightful theatre and in wishing them every success with this and many, many more productions still to come.
Congratulations and all good wishes to The Hospital Players on the occasion of their 100th production and Happy Anniversary to the Civic Theatre.
I wish The Hospital Players a happy celebration and many more years of successful productions. Here's to the 100th full length production!
It is rather difficult to find words to express my pleasure in being able to take part in the celebrations of your 100th production and 21st birthday of the Civic Theatre.
25 years ago the Libraries and Museum Committee were keen that we should have a theatre. Enquiries were made about various buildings in the town and then it was decided we should build a theatre of our own, which was one of the first Civic Theatres to be built after the war.
I have been able to keep in contact with the theatre as Chairman of the Libraries, Museum and Arts Committee, President of The Hospital Players and President of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
For the success of the Theatre we have to thank local drama groups who have staged so many successful productions; the staff and voluntary staff who have worked so hard for the twenty-one years the Theatre has been open and also the members of the public for their regular support.
All that remains for me to do is to wish The Hospital Players and the Civic Theatre many happy returns of the day.
From The Hospital
A warm welcome to all our friends old and new. We have tried to contact as many ex-members and people who have helped us in the past as we possibly could. Some we could not trace at all (though it has been fun trying!), others for one reason or another may have been missed from our long guest list. If you are one, please accept our apologies.
From our first production ‘The Admirable Crichton’ in 1943 to our one hundredth ‘Canterbury Tales’ in 1979, Phyllis Dadd has been connected with the group through 99 of them – she joined The Hospital Players for their second show ‘Ma’s Bit o’ Brass,’ which played at the old Savoy Theatre on May 5th 1944 and was then taken on ‘tour’ round the villages.
The tradition of taking shows round the villages has continued up to the present time. For the past four years we have produced one or two one-act plays with musical interludes, to make up an entertaining programme to take to local church and village halls. Everyone enjoys going ‘on tour’ and we always have a very good response when news of our intended one-act tours is circulated. A monthly newsletter keeps members up to date with planned events and general news and gossip within the group and also provides a forum for members’ ideas on plays and social activities. With a membership of 50 this is a vital job.
As well as our three full-length productions at the Civic Theatre each year and our one-act tourers, we have at least one social event a month. This helps to keep members not involved in a play at the time in touch with each other. We have theatre visits – Civic Theatre and out of town to Sheffield, Leeds, York and Lincoln, and outings to local hostelries for what is known by the Players as a ‘Pub and Grub’ (always were fond of their food and drink I understand). Annual events include Christmas dinner and dance, Carol singing, Car Rally, Fossil Hunt, Golf Tournament, a weekend in Stratford and an annual day trip to Scarborough to the Stephen Joseph Theatre in the Round, usually to see the latest Alan Ayckbourn play.
We try not to forget our early connections with the Hospital, and for that reason we retain the name of The Hospital Players, although it has been suggested we add ‘marriage bureau’ to our title, as we have had a large number of weddings within the group in the last couple of years!
What is the secret of success of The Hospital Players? It’s difficult to assess but we are a happy group; proud of our past, loyal to each other, and looking forward to a long and equally successful future.
Thank you for your support in the past, during this memorable week, and hopefully in the future.