THE HOSPITAL PLAYERS 

Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

64th Production


Portrait of a Queen


Edited and arranged as a play by William Francis


26th - 29th April 1967

Cast

Balladmonger

King Leopold of the Belgians

Victoria

Lord Melbourne and other Ministers

Bishop of Durham

Ladies in Waiting

 

Archbishop of Canterbury

Prince Albert

Editor of 'The Times'

Gentlemen of the Press

 

Viscount Palmerston

William Gladstone

Benjamin Disraeli

Footmen

David Mann

David Elford

Pauline Clayton

Nigel Shaw

Stephen Pogson

Carol Peasgood

Pat Cockings

Ivan Clayton

David Ryan

Mike Bradwell

Gerald Fillingham

Brian Lewis

David Mann

Keith Brown

Ron Tyson

Paul Andrews

Stephen Pogson

David Wilson

Production Team

Director

Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Managers

 

 

 

 

Lighting Designer

Lighting Operators

 

Sound Operator

Set Designer

Properties

Phyllis Dadd

Brian Lewis

Jean Messent

Maureen Johnston

Sue Crane

Josie Haresign

Mike Cantle

David Dalton

Leslie Brown

Chris Hopkinson

Peter Johnson

Ivan Clayton

Carol Peasgood

Press Release

The Hospital Players' next production at the Civic Theatre from April 26th to 29th will be 'Portrait of a Queen,' the play only recently released for amateurs which won an award for its star, Dorothy Tutin. The play tells the story of the reign of Queen Victoria almost entirely from contemporary speeches and records - not least the diaries and letters of the Queen herself.


By this method personalities such as Gladstone, Disraeli and Prince Albert, too often remembered as dry as dust characters from the pages of a school textbook, emerge as living individuals in their own right.


But it is indisputably the Queen who is the star of the show and what gives this play its unique quality is that it deals with Victoria as a woman rather than as a monarchical symbol. In particular it lays stress on the influence on her as Queen of her happy marriage to the Prince Consort and the long widowhood which followed his early death.


The immensely exacting part of the Queen which involves an onstage ageing from 18 to 81 goes to one of the Players' most experienced actresses, Pauline Clayton. Newcomers to the Society, David Ryan and Keith Brown, are cast as Prince Albert and Gladstone respectively. In other key parts are Players stalwarts Nigel Shaw as the Minister, Ron Tyson as Disraeli and David Elford as King Leopold of the Belgians. Michael Bradwell plays the Editor of The Times, and the Queen's ladies are Pat Cockings and Carol Peasgood.


Finally, the scenes are linked by street ballads of the period - in turn sentimental and satirical - and as the ballad singer David Mann is given the chance to use the fine singing voice discovered for 'Oh What a Lovely War' and 'Irma La Douce.'