Distinctive amateur drama
in Northampton since 1932
Registered Charity No. 294848
And So To Bed
by J.B. Fagan
Cast & Crew
Sue Kathleen Harrison
Boy David Johns
Samuel Pepys A.J. Judkins
Doll Sybil Williams
Mrs Knight Margaret Roberts
A Watchman H.H. Smith
Julia Barbara Mitchell
Pelling Ashley Baxter
Pelham Humphrey Eric Roberts
Caesar John Miller
Mrs Pierce Joan M Fisher
Mrs Knepp Joan Taylor
Mrs Pepys Thora Burnley-Jones
Lettice Eileen Baxter
Prodgers H.H. Smith
Charles II Henry W Gascoyne
Producer Henry W Gascoyne
Stage Director John Bennett
Stage Manager Margaret J. McMain
Assistant Stage Managers Joyce Hare, John Miller
Wardrobe Mistress Florence C. Brawn
Electrician Ron Darby
Settings & Properties John Bennett
Business Manager F.W. Cotter Craig
Box Office Phyllis Gascoyne
Part of the programme for And So To Bed
Production No. 31
Mr. Pepys wrote a diary, long ago. Foolish man you may say. But was he so foolish? For he wrote in his own special code, and doubtless thought his secret thoughts would not become known. ln any event, he is loved for his foolishness by those who read his Diary.
Here in And So To Bed, J. B. Fagan draws back the curtain and shows us happenings on a June evening in 1669, which are not recorded by Mr. Pepys. He introduces us to the amorous Samuel Pepys, Civil Servant, musician, connoiseur as well as diarist, and his attractive but jealous wife. Best of all, we are privileged to witness Pepys' embarrassing encounter with the sardonic monarch, Charles ll ....
Written with aperfect sense of style, the play has humour, vivacity and colour. When superbly played in London in 1937 by Edmund Gwenn as Pepys, Yvonne Arnaud as Mrs. Pepys and Allan Jeayes as Charles ll, it was acclaimed as one ol the most delightful comedies for years.
Oxford is an honoured name in the repertory movement thanks to J. B. Fagan, who in the early nineteen-twenties was responsible for a remarkable series of productions. ln his Company, .lohn Gielgud and many others laid the foundations of their fame as artists. Mr. Fagan also successfully adapted Bella Donna and Treasure Island and wrote The Improper Duchess, another Yvonne Arnaud tour-de-force.
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THE NORTHAMPTON DRAMA CLUB
From the And So To Bed programme
Since its inception in 1935, the Northampton Drama Club has been the focal centre of dramatic activities in the Town.
ln seeking to foster a vital and informed interest in the drama by creative work, it has acted as a parent-body to a number of the leading dramatic societies as well as providing scope for its own members to enlarge their knowledge or practical experience of theatre-craft.