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Toad of Toad Hall
by A.A. Milne (adapted from the book by Kenneth Grahame)

Part of the programme for Toad of Toad Hall

Part of the programme for Toad of Toad Hall

Production No. 25

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PROGRAMME NOTES


Kenneth Grahame, the author of The Wind in the Willows from which the play has been adapted, was a born story-teller. There are countless admirers of his other classic books, The Golden Age and its sequel Dream Days which includes The Reluctant Dragon translated to the screen by Walt Disney.

The adventures of the irrepressible Mr. Toad and his gay companions known as the River-Bankers in their clash with his sprightly enemies, the Wild-Wooders, made their first appearance in bedtime stories told by the author to his small son. Later, when the boy went on holiday, they were continued in letters, which, years after in 1908, formed the basis of the immortal book.

ln the original production at the Liverpool Repertory Theatre on 21st December, 1929, Nova Pilbeam appeared as Marigold, Frederick Burtwell as Toad, Richard Goolden' as Mole, Tom Reynolds as the Judge and Wendy Toye as Phoebe.

Then and in the several London Productions, it was received with acclamation. And no wonder, since it is a novel, genial and lively play with a universal appeal.

Summer 1944
In the open air at Abington Park, Northampton


Page last updated: 22/10/2011 Masque Theatre © 2011

CAST & CREW

Nurse Margaret Roberts
Marigold
Enid Burdett
Mole
Douglas Thomas
Rat
Ashley Baxter
Badger
Alfred J Judkins
Toad
Anthony Buckeridge
Alfred
Graham Brown
The Back Legs of Alfred
Dennis Chitty
Chief Ferret
Peter Bartlett
Chief Weasel
Eileen Kelly
Chief Stoat
Doreen Chapman
Policeman
HH Smith
Gaoler
Clifford Pearce
Usher
AE Elvey
Judge
Henry W Gascoyne
Phoebe
Beryl Evans
Washerwoman
Joan M Fisher
Bargewoman
Muriel Thomas
Ferrets, Weasels, Stoats, Squirrrels, Rabbits, etc
Una Baxter, Peter Brown, Rosemary Brown, Winifred Butler, Michael Flower, Lyndall Follett, Peggy Furness, Marion Kelly, Blanche Lumley, Barbara Mitchell, Richard Murby, Barbara Riby, Jean Robinson, Michael Smith, Kathleen Tarry, Joan Taylor, Alan Walker, Sheila Wright, Joan Whyte
Trees
Gwyneth Evans, Ann Smeeton, Catherine Smith, Brenda Stowe, Rita Tinsley

Producer Osborne Robinson
Stage Director
Ernest L Ives
Stage Manager
Margaret J McMain
Assistant Stage Managers
June Burdett, Dennis Chitty, Robert Inglis
Wardrobe Mistress
Marjorie Ives
Business Manager
Charles FG Swallow
Costumes as used in original London Production, supplied to the Drama Club by
Messrs. Chas H Fox Ltd, High Holborn, London

THE NORTHAMPTON DRAMA CLUB
From the Toad of Toad Hall programme


The Northampton Drama Club has blazed an adventurous trail since its inception.

lts object to foster and encourage a vital and informed interest in the drama by creative work has been consistently maintained. Variety has been the keynote. lts internal programme has numerous and diverse features and its public presentations cover the whole gamut of the drama ranging from the classic plays of the master-playwrights to light, frothy revues.

Prior to the outbreak of the war, the Club had its own premises which included a small, well-equipped theatre and was the focal point of the principal dramatic societies of the town. Despite the large number of members in the Forces and other war-time difficulties, the Club has suceeded in keeping the flag of drama flying high.

           
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