“Quartet” – 24th to 29th September 2018

posted in: What's On | 0
The Cast

 

The Exmouth Players (CIO) presents “Quartet”, a comedy by Ronald Harwood, at The Blackmore Theatre from Mon 24th to Sat 29th September 2018, including a Matinee performance on Sat 29th September.

Cecily, Reggie and Wilfred reside in a home for retired opera singers in Kent, England.  Each year, on the tenth of October, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday.  Jean, once married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva and refuses to sing. But the show must go on in this funny and poignant play.

This play was first directed by Christopher Morahan at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford prior to its West End opening at the Albery Theatre (now the Noel Coward Theatre) on 8 September 1999 starring Sir Donald Sinden, Alec McCowen, Stephanie Cole and Angela Thorne.  Following a four-month run it closed on 8  January 2000.

A regional tour from June to August 2010 enjoyed success with Michael Jayston as Reggie, Timothy West as Wilfred, Susannah York as Jean, and Gwen Taylor as Cecily.

The play was adapted as a film by Harwood himself in 2012. It  was directed by Dustin Hoffman.  The principal cast included Maggie Smith as Jean, Tom Courtenay as Reg, Pauline Collins as Cissy and Billy Connolly as Wilfred.

This amateur production of “Quartet” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

“An unashamed – no, shameless – vehicle for four feisty old troupers whose task is to make us laugh a little, sigh a little and cry a little as they take us into the bittersweet world of facing up to age and mortality.” – The Independent.

Wilfred, Cissy & Reggie planning their performance.
What can Wilfred and Reggie possibly be talking about?
Where is Wilfred off to, now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cast

Wilf –  Brian Lawless

Reggie – Raymond Tongue

Cissy – Wendy Bishop

Jean – Joyce Pomeroy

Why is Wilfred covering his mouth? What is he hiding?
Why are all three of them looking in Cissy’s bag?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickets (Now on Sale)

Tickets:  £8 Mon and £10 for the rest of the week, including the Saturday Matinee.

Buy 10 tickets and get one free.

Coach parties are welcome.

Please call Ticket Line 07484 509514 

Theatre Box Office opens daily (except Sundays) from 17th Sept – 9.30am-1.00pm

Our Theatre Box Office will be open about 45 minutes before each performance, but please don’t leave booking to chance.  We always advise you to book in advance by contacting the Ticker Line (above) immediately following the ticket release date.

Our Theatre Bar will be open from 6.45pm (evening performances only), so why not pop along for a pre-show drink and order your interval drinks at the same time.  The Bar will also be open at the end of each of the evening performances.

Could Cissy possibly be trying out her part of the performance?
Reggie seems to be more concerned about where Jean may be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All three seem to be having a very serious talk about Jean.
In the meantime, preparations must continue.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to listening to the recorded music.
What is Cissy saying to Reggie?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are Wilfred & Cissy looking at? Could they have possibly found Jean to make up the Quartet? Will the show ever go on? Book now to find out.

 

The Exmouth Players are very grateful to Knappe Cross Care Centre of Brixington Lane, Exmouth, for allowing us to take photos of the cast in and around their grounds.

(Photos courtesy of Gill Bates)