1971

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime - An Afternoon by the Sea - Family  Album

'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime'

by Constance Cox (Based on the story by Oscar Wilde)

April 1971

Synopsis

Lord Arthur Savile is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first. Despite help from his butler and the cheerful anarchist Winkelkopf, attempt after attempt fails. Then news comes that Podgers is a charlatan: Lord Arthur is free and the carriage awaits to take him to the wedding rehearsal. Alas, it contains Winkelkopf's newest bomb. Lord Arthur saves himself by tossing it into a horse trough. As the dust settles, two policemen appear and march the unhappy young man away and another postponement notice has to be sent to The Times.

Cast

Baines, the butler (Gordon Smith); Lord Arthur Savile (David Parry); Sybil Merton, his fiancée (Erica Rendle); The Dean of Paddington, his uncle (Ray Barrett); Lady Windermere, his aunt (Paulette Beaver); Lady Clementine Beauchamp, his great-aunt (Rose MacLachlan); Lady Julia Merton, Sybil’s mother (Lillian Cook); Mr. Podgers, a chiromantist (Paul Hawkins); Nellie, the maid (Sylvia King); Herr Winkelkopf, an anarchist (Colin Rendle)

Director: Ann Murray

 

'An Afternoon by the Sea'

by Agatha Christie

(Presented as a double bill with "Family album")

 

November 1971

Synopsis

It’s a summer’s afternoon in 1962.  The scene is Little Slippyng-on-Sea, a British resort.  There are beach huts, sand, sea gulls and sun.   There has been a robbery of an emerald necklace from Lady Beckman staying at the Esplanade Hotel.  The little group of people are all caught up in the puzzle while enjoying their day at the beach.  Inspector Foley appears and inspects the beach huts, and then Percy meets The Beauty…

Cast

Bob Wheeler (John Markley); Noreen Somers (Audrey Mitchell); Arthur Somers (John Cook); George Crum (Ray Barrett); Mrs. Crum (Kay Trenchard); A Mother (Erica Rendle); A Young Man (David Parry); Beach Attendant (Jean Clack); Mrs. Gunner (Mom) (Rose MacLachlan); Percy Gunner (Philip Cousins); The Beauty (Sylvia King); Inspector Foley (Colin Rendle)

Director: Ann Murray

'Family Album'

by Noel Coward

 

November 1971

Synopsis

Just back from their father's funeral, the Featherway children cannot pull long faces nor feign regret. The last one to break into laughter is pious Lavinia, father's companion until his death. Even she must admit that he was lecherous and mean. After some wine, Lavinia reveals that she and old Burrows burned the final will (which left nothing to the children) minutes after the old man died.

Cast

Jasper Featherways (Roger Kinsman); Jane Featherways {His wife} (Jill Kinsman); Lavinia Featherways (Sue Whatley); Richard Featherways (Philip Cousins); Harriet Winter (Kathleen Glynn); Charles Winter (John Cook); Emily Valance (Erica Rendle); Edward Valance (David Parry); Burrows (Ray Barrett)

Director: Ann Murray