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Past Productions

The Society has been performing since 1947, with 2 plays being produced in most years and these are listed below in date order. For more information and photographs regarding the individual productions, please see the Gallery Page (work in progress).

1947
December – Dear Octopus, by Dodie Smith. First Production

1948
Autumn – The Young Mrs Barrington, by Warren Chetam Strode

1949
Spring – Flare Path, by Terrence Rattigan
Autumn – The Bells Ring, by Joyce Dennis

1950
Spring – The Blue Goose, by Peter Blackmore
Autumn – Nothing Ever Happens, by Danvers Walker

1951
Spring – Heaven and Charing Cross, by Aubrey Danvers Walker
Autumn – Murder at the Vicarage, Agatha Christie

1952
Spring – Bed of Roses, by Falkland L Cary
Autumn – But Once a Year, by Falkland L Cary

1953
Spring – If Four Walls Told, by Edward Percy
Autumn – Fools Rush In, by Kenneth Horne

1954
Spring – Outward Bound, by Sutton Vane
Autumn – The Hollow, Agatha Christie

1955
Spring – Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward
Autumn – Lady to Let, by Geoffrey Lee

1956
Spring – Black Chiffon, by Lesley Storm
Autumn – Fresh Fields, by Ivor novella

1957
Spring – Beside the Seaside, by Lesley Sands
Autumn – Hay Fever, by Noel Coward

1958
Spring – Strictly Business, by Rosemary West
Autumn – Sweethearts and Wives, by Gilbert and Mary Hackforth Jones

1959
Spring – Breakfast in Bed, by Jack Popplewell
Autumn – Sailor Beware, by Philip King

1960
Spring – Wild Goose Chase, by Derek Benfield
Autumn – Spider’s Web, by Agatha Christie

1961
Spring – Cat Among the Pigeons, by Duncan Greenwood
Autumn – Basinful of Briny, by Leslie Sands

1962
Spring – The More the Merrier, by Ronald Miller
Autumn – Celebration, by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall

1963
Spring – The Reluctant Debutante, by William Douglas-Home
Autumn – The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

1964
Spring – Pools Paradise, by Philip King
Autumn – When We are Married, by J B Priestley

1965
Spring – Goodbye Mrs Puffin, by Arthur Ludgrove
Autumn – Private Lives, by Noel Coward

1966
Winter – Night Must Fall, by Emyln Williams
Spring – Ring for Catty, by Patrick Cargill and Jack Beale
Autumn – Midsummer Mink, by Peter Coke

1967
Spring – Hobson’s Choice, by Harold Brighouse
Autumn – Billy Liar, by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall

1968
Spring – My Three Angels, by Sam and Bella Spewack
Autumn – Dear Octopus, by Dodie Smith (21st Anniversary Production)

1969
Spring – Boeing Boeing, Marc Camoletti
Autumn – Spring and Port Wine, by Bill Naughton

1970
Spring – Two Faces of Murder, by George Bateson
Autumn – Semi-Detached, by David Turner

1971
Spring – Doctor in the House, by Ted Willis
Autumn – When We are Married, by J B Priestley

1972
Spring – See How They Run, by Ray Cooney
Autumn – Halfway Up A Tree, by Peter Ustinov

1973
Spring – Not Now Darling, by Ray Cooney and John Chapman
Autumn – Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward

1974 to 1977 - No Productions

1978
Autumn – When We Are Married, by J B Priestley

1979
Spring – I’ll Get My Man, by Philip King
Autumn – There Goes the Bride, by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

1980
Spring – Chase Me Comrade, by Ray Cooney
Autumn – Move Over Mrs Markham, by Ray Cooney and John Chapman

1981
Spring – Big Bad Mouse, by Philip King and Falkland L Cary
Autumn – Pink String and Sealing Wax, by Rowland Pertwee

1982
Spring – No Room for Love, by Bob Grant and Anthony Marriott
Autumn – Beyond a Joke, by Derek Benfield

1983
Spring – Who Goes Bare, by Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon
Autumn – Find the Lady, by Michael Pertwee

1984
Spring – Man Alive!, by John Dighton
Autumn – Pull the Other One, by Norman Robbins

1985
Spring – Man for the Job, by Dennis Driscoll
Autumn – The Liver Birds, by Carla Lane and John Chapman

1986
Spring – A Funny Kind of Day, by John McIntyre
Autumn – House Guest, by Francis Durbridge

1987
Spring – A Bird in the Hand, by Derek Benfield
Autumn – Look, No Hans, by John Chapman and Michael Pertwee

1988
Spring – Key for Two, by John Chapman and Dave Freeman
Autumn – A Little Hotel on the Side, by Georges Feydeau

1989
Spring – Local Affairs, by Richard Harris
Autumn – No production

1990
Spring – Touch and Go, by Derek Benfield
Autumn – Nightmare, by Harold Robbins

1991
Spring – Stepping Out, by Richard Harris
Autumn – Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, by Oscar Wilde adapted by Constance Fox

1992
Spring – Outside Edge, by Richard Harris
Autumn – Top Gear, by John Dole

1993
Spring – Murder by the Book, by Duncan Greenwood and Robert King
Autumn – Season’s Greetings, by Alan Ayckbourn

1994
Spring – Seeds of Doubt, by Peter Gordon
Autumn – Take Away the Lady, by Jimmie Chinn

1995
Spring – Two and Two Make Sex, by Richard Harris and Leslie Darbon
Autumn – After September , by Jimmie Chinn

1996
Spring – Pardon Me Prime Minister, by Edward Taylor and John Graham
Autumn – It Runs in the Family, by Ray Cooney

1997
Spring – Dead Man’s Hand, by Seymour Matthews
Autumn – When We are Married, by J B Priestly (50th Anniversary Production)

1998
Spring – Hobson’s Choice, by Harold Brighouse
Autumn – Holiday Snap, by Michael Pertwee and John Chapman

1999
Spring – Murdered to Death, by Peter Gordon
Autumn – Out of Order, by Ray Cooney

2000
Spring – Ghost Train, by Arnold Ridley
Autumn – Wedding of the Year, by Norman Robbins

2001
Spring – Off the Hook, by Derek Benfield
Autumn – Blithe Spirit, by Noel Coward

2002
Spring – Relatively Speaking, by Alan Ayckbourn
Autumn – Suddenly at Home, by Francis Durbridge

2003
Spring – The Railway Children, by E Nesbit
Autumn – Kindly Leave The Stage, by John Chapman

2004
Spring – Don’t Dress For Dinner, by Marc Camoletti
Autumn – Pull The Other One, by Norman Robbins

2005
Spring – The Murder Room, by Jack Sharkey
Autumn – Family Planning, by Frank Vickery

2006
Spring – Murder in Company, by Philip King and John Boland
Autumn – Cash On Delivery, by Michael Cooney

2007
Spring – Anybody For Murder, by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner
Autumn – The White Cliff, by Bettine Manktelow

2008
Spring – Death Walked In, by Bettine Manktelow
Autumn – It’s Never Too Late, by Ron Aldridge

2009
Spring – My Friend Miss Flint, by Donald Churchill and Pete Yieldham
Autumn – Forget Me Knot, by David Tristam

2010
Spring – Caramba’s Revenge, by William Norfolk
Autumn – Will You Still Love Me In the morning?, by Brian Clemens and Dennis Spooner

2011
Spring – You’re Only Young Twice, by Ron Aldridge
Autumn – Time to Kill, by Leslie Darbon

2012
Spring – No Dinner For Sinners, by Edward Taylor
Autumn – Out Of Focus, by Peter Gordon

2013
Spring – Natural Causes, by Eric Chappell
Autumn – A Evening of 1 Act Comedies (“Blind Date” and “The Holiday” from Duets by Peter Quilter and “Split Ends” by Frank Vickery)

2014
Spring – Look Who’s Talking, by Derek Benfield
Autumn – The Beginner’s Guide to Murdering your Husband, by David Muncaster

2015
Spring - No production
Autumn – Unoriginal Sin, by David Tristam

2016
Spring - The Murder Room, by Jack Sharkey
Autumn – A Fly in the Ointment, by Derek Benfield

2017
Spring - Ladies Day, by Amanda Whittington
Autumn – At The Sign of “The Crippled Harlequin”, by Norman Robbins www.Norman.Robbins.co.uk
Winter – Austensibility, by Alan Richardson (Rehearsed Reading)

2018
Spring - Snake in the Grass, by Alan Ayckbourn
Autumn – TBC