by James Bridie

Title from programme for Jonah and the Whale

Sat 31 October 1936
The Royal Theatre ("The Rep"), Guildhall Road, Northampton


First Young Lady M.E. Collington
Second Young Lady
K. Gardner
Mrs Hupplefeather M. Smith
Josibiah A.W. Kersey
Euodias P.M. Liggins
Hashmonah J.W. Marriott
Naaran V. Kent
Shual J. Wright
Bilshan G. Gundry White
Sentry R.J. Thompson
Jonah G.P. Follett
Captain E. Roberts
Purser S.E. Collins
Sailor J. W. Marriott
Woman Passenger W.M. Knottley
Another Woman Passenger
M. Putsey
Man Passenger
C.H. Buttler
Whale A.W. Kersey
Sophereth P. Mason
Eshtemoa O.M. Walker
Zemirah Babara Wingell
Zuph K. Gardner
Zaza Rose M. Walding
Ziz M.E. Collington
Shiprah Betty Payne
Stachys C.H. Buttler
Tolad E.H. Strike
Hadadexer J. Wright
Tola C. Horrocks

Producer Mrs Oswald Dale Roberts
Stage Settings E. Ives
Costume Designer M. Ives
Stage Manager H.H. Smith
Assistant Stage Managers E. Ives, H. Laughton
Wardrobe Mistress M. Ives
Sound Effects R.H. Ball
Lighting R.J. Darby
Publicity Saul Doffman
Business Manager EB. Ball

The group's first performance at the Royal Theatre

Jonah and the Whale was presented at the Royal Theatre, Northampton (then known as the Northampton Rep) for a single matinee performance.

At that time, scenery and props were stored in the premises in Swan Yard, not far from what later became St John's multi-storey car park. These were moved to the Rep on a handcart following the professional company's Friday evening performance.

The Jonah set was put up and after the show was immediately struck in time for the Rep to do their two performances in the evening.

James Bridie's version of
Jonah and the Whale was first performed in 1932 at the Westminster Theatre, London. Reviews of that production were no entirely kind, with The Spectator saying:

Jonah and the Whale is a pleasant enough transcription of the picturesque Hebrew legend, which seldom rises to any high dramatic pitch and is occasionally drowned in deep gulfs of tedium. The Spectator

The writer, James Bridie, was the pen name of the Scottish surgeon Osborne Henry Mavor. He became a full-time writer in 1938 and went on to found the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and helped establish the Edinburgh Festival. In the 1940s, he worked on three screenplays for Alfred Hitchcock.

The programme for Jonah And The Whale