Bell, Book & Candle (1959)

Production Details

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John Van Druten
No

Library Theatre
Concert Room, Scarborough Library
Round

17 June 1959
17 June 1959
19 August 1959
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Company Details

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Stage Manager:
Rodney Wood

Ann Hughesdon
Character
Gillian Holroyd
Anthony Henderson
Miss Holroyd, Gillian's aunt
Nicholas Holroyd, Gillian's brother
Sidney Redlitch
Pyewacket
Actor
Dona Martyn
William Elmhirst
Faynia Jeffery
Alan Ayckbourn
David Campton
Joanna (a cat)

Notes

Bell, Book & Candle was programmed to tie in with Scarborough's Dutch Week (of which, sadly, no other details are forthcoming in the programme) and was chosen because the author was of Dutch descent.
The play features a cat, Pyewacket, which is credited in the programme as "Joanna appears courtesy of Mr. Eric Mason."
Despite frequent reports that Bell, Book & Candle was the play in which Alan Ayckbourn confronted Stephen Joseph about his acting roles resulting in the commission of his first play The Square Cat, this is patently not the case given both plays were in the same season. The offending play was actually David Campton’s Ring Of Roses from the 1958 winter season.
Bell, Book & Candle was presented without an interval.

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