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Spring Production 1999 - "An Englishman Abroad" by Alan Bennett, "The Problem" by A.R.Gurney, "Cold Salmon", by John Bowen

Production Manager: Christine Comerci

Venue: Schönes Haus, Nadelberg, Basel

17/18/19/20/24/25/26 March 1999


An Englishman Abroad, by Alan Bennett
Directed by Richard Levitt

Norman Koeth as Guy Burgess

Zuzana Cox as Coral Browne

Louis van Niekerk as Tolya / Tailor / Shop assistant

Based loosely upon a true incident, Alan Bennett relates Coral Browne's meeting with Guy Burgess. She was a celebrated actress from Australia who happened to be on tour in a production of "Hamlet" in Moscow 1958. He was a civil servant who fled to Russia from Britain in 1951 when he was warned that he might be accused of spying.

This is a play of character rather than action. Coral visits Burgess in his somewhat dismal Russian apartment where he lives with his current lover, and they discuss life in England, pointing out the good and bad about English society. Burgess would like to get himself a new suit made by an English tailor.

The Problem, by A.R. Gurney

Directed by Sheila McKenzie and Rebecca Scriven

Michael Clarke as The Husband

Susannah Todd as The Wife

After 10 years of marriage, a comfortable couple faces an unexpected challenge that threatens the normal equilibrium of domestic life. Can their relationship possibly survive?

Cold Salmon, by John Bowen

Directed by Joy Scherer

Eric Collino as Harry Farnham

Mil Taylor as Beth Farnham

Diana Zuger as Angie Outhwaite

Valerie Walder as Elsie

Andrea Patient as Liz

Suzan Wilson as Janice

Tony O'Sullivan as Pearson

Louisa Breckenridge as Rosemary

John Gleaves as Lester

Dennis Dell as Dad

In the neglected graveyard of a clifftop church we encounter both the quick and the dead. Harry, deceased for nearly 30 years, is waiting for his wife, Beth, to join him. Unable to be seen or to communicate with the living - except in certain unusual circumstances - Harry can only watch helplessly as his daughter Angie wheels the now ageing Beth to the graveside for their monthly visit. Then a five-strong family arrives to scatter Dad's ashes in his ancestral plot. Angie and Beth are invited to share their picnic and, as family secrets are revealed amid social posturing and discord, Harry sees his chance to reach out to Beth - the cold salmon is the key!


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