Archives - Forty Years On

by Alan Bennett

Directed by David Shaw

Saturday 29th November – Saturday 6th December 1975 in the Auditorium

Mr. Franklin, a ‘progressive’ schoolmaster, is for the first time producing the traditional school play at Albion House, a public school for boys. He has chosen as his theme ‘potted’ history from the period of World War I. It is the last day of term and also the day of the Headmaster’s retirement. The comedy arises from the nature of Franklin’s historical views and the conflict between him and the Headmaster.

‘A wry, irreverent and often wildly hilarious kind of Cavalcade in reverse.’

Part of the Barn’s 1975/1976 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Headmaster-James Maxwell
Franklin-John Davies
Tempest-Tony Mash
Matron-Anne Woolmington
Miss Nisbitt-Joan Burgess
Head Boy-Chris Ware
Cartwright-Jo Shaw
Wigglesworth-Mark Aspey
Charteris-Glyn Maxwell
Foster-Paul Robinson
Tupper-Chris Gill
Skinner-Tim Gill
Lord-Mark Shaw
Tredgold-Tam Bayoumi
Dishforth-Oliver Simons
Rumbold-Alun Maxwell
Wimpenny-Tim Swaine

Creative team

Director-David Shaw
Stage Manager-Brian Moseley
Assistant Stage Manager-Beryl Blatherwick
Set Design-Eric Farlie
Set Construction-Brian Duffy
Members of The Barn Theatre Club
Set Decoration-Denise Duffy
Chris Holdsworth
Lighting-Pam Farlie
Eric Farlie
David Aspey
Sound-Robert Gill
Jonathan Little
Music-Tony Mash
Properties-Shirley Thompson
Miriam Hill
Costumes-Irene Gill
Janet While
Prompter-Daphne Jones
Box Office-Carole Couzens
House Manager-George Blee
Production Secretary-Sylvia Pepper

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