Our Spring 2018 production was Neil Simon's London Suite, directed by Sylvie Lord in The Old Chapel Theatre, Marston Rd.
London Suite consists of four one act plays that take place in an old but very fashionable hotel in London overlooking Hyde Park. The hotel's clients look for atmosphere, comfort and privacy rather than glitz.
In Settling Accounts, Brian Cronin (Martin Williams) is a successful Welsh novelist who has caught his manager, Billy Fox (John Crabtree) running off with all his money.
In Going Home, Sharon Semple (Jessica Colson) and her daughter Lauren (Emma de la Poer), are on a shopping trip and Lauren convinces her mother, against her better judgement, to go on a date with an elderly man.
In Diana and Sidney, Diana and Sydney Nichols (Sylvie Lord and John Crabtree) are divorced. She is an actress who is looked after by her devoted assistant Grace (Linda Catchpole) and he is living with his male lover. Now he claims he needs money from her to help pay the medical bills for his partner who is dying from lung cancer.
In the final play, Man on the Floor, Mark and Annie Ferris (Richard Culham and Jane Pitts) are in London for the Wimbledon Championships. However, Annie loses the tickets, Mark's back gives out and needs attention from Dr McMerlin the 'magician (Geoffrey Martyn), and they are asked to move by the Hotel Manager, Mrs Sitgood (Sarah Jane Chapman) because they have accidentally been given Kevin Costner's suite.