Scunthorpe's Oldest Amateur Dramatics Group - Established 1943

34th Production

The Reluctant Debutante

By William Douglas Home

24th - 27th September 1958


Jimmy Broadbent

Sheila Broadbent


Mabel Crosswaite


David Bullock

David Hoylake-Johnston

Mrs. Edgar

James Gray

Joan Brown

Wendy Borrill

Doreen Sutton

Ann Marris

John Hughes

Kenneth Coates

Marjorie Swainson

Production Team


Stage Manager

Assistant Stage Manager


House Manager

The set planned and built by

Phyllis G. Dadd

Michael Bradley

Mavis Ellin

Raymond Spencer

Gwen Wood

Fred Butler

Fred Butler
James Gray

Programme Notes

The Hospital Players welcome you to the Civic Theatre and to “The Reluctant Debutante,” the first of our plays for the 1958/59 season, and our first full-length production in this theatre.


We are presenting this extremely funny comedy for four nights instead of the usual three in the knowledge that it has recently finished a very successful run at the Cambridge Theatre, London, and that we are one of the first amateur dramatic societies to present it away from the West End.


The next play in our winter programme will be Emlyn Williams’ “A Murder Has Been Arranged,” to be staged during the last week in November. The producer is Mr. Kenneth Coates.


It is our intention to do a further two plays early in 1959, and with the interests of our patrons in mind we intend to keep up a varied and entertaining choice of play.


We thank all of you who have patronised this society’s productions at the Youth Centre, and we hope you will continue to visit us in our new surroundings.


These notes would not be complete without mentioning the tragic death of our friend and colleague, Donald Beaumont, who has appeared in seven of our three-act plays since he joined the society two and a half years ago. His qualities as an actor and organiser will long be remembered not only by us, but by the many members of the public to whom his performances have brought pleasure. Our society suffered a further setback last month by the sudden death of a former member, Paul Harrington, who last appeared with us in “Quiet Weekend.”