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When We Are Married

by JB Priestley

6th - 9th December

When We Are Married is a play by the English dramatist, J. B. Priestley and he described it as a Farcical Yorkshire Comedy. It was first performed at the St. Martin's Theatre, London on 11 October 1938, and transferred to the larger Prince's Theatre in March 1939. It has since been performed throughout the world by both amateur and professional companies, the last outing in the West End of London being in 2011 at the Garrick Theatre. It is widely regarded as Priestley’s finest work in comedy theatre.

The story is set in Edwardian England and follows three middle class couples in an age when public opinion must ride above all considerations. The three couples, old friends and all married on the same day in the same chapel are celebrating their silver anniversary when they discover from the chapel organist they were threatening with dismissal, that they are not legally married. Each couple initially reacts with proper Victorian horror – what will the neighbours think? – and all three couples find themselves re-evaluating their marriages. Hovering closely over the proceedings is the Yorkshire Argus' alcohol-soaked photographer, keen to record the evening's events for posterity, and a wickedly destructive housekeeper who is hoping to use the couples' mortification to her own advantage. A evening of fun and hilarity is promised.


Ruby Birtle - Ellie Hamer (Kindly Leave the Stage)           

Fred Dyson - Brandon Chadwick (A Flea in Her Ear)

Gerald Forbes - Jake Powell (A Flea in Her Ear)

Lottie Grady - Lesley Silcock (It Runs in the Family)

Joseph Helliwell - Dave Rogerson (Last Tango & Panto in Northwich)

Maria Helliwell - Yvette Owen (Therese Raquin as director)

Nancy Holme - Caz Guard (A Flea in Her Ear)

Rev Mercer - Anthony Kitchen (A Flea in Her Ear)

Mrs Northrop - Julia Edwards (A Flea in Her Ear)

Henry Ormanroyd - John Dodd (from Kingsley Players – HP debut)

Albert Parker - Neil Silcock (The Noble Spaniard)

Annie Parker - Fran Hamer (Road)

Herbert Soppitt - George Williams (A Flea in Her Ear)

Clara Soppitt - Tina Wyatt (Last Tango & Panto in Northwich)


Malcolm Barker