Walmer Castle 1990
For the last three summers, a group of leading theatre makers has come to the town of Deal on the Kent coast to create with the local community performances that no-one who saw them will ever forget.
In 1987 the Astor theatre was transformed into a strange and magical world for a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream culminating in a celebratory last night event – Hippolyta’s Wedding – on Deal Pier.
Pericles, Shakespeare’s tale of love and loss, death and reconciliation was told in 1988 as it had been for hundreds of years but in startlingly novel form in the spectacular setting of Deal Castle.
In 1989 the project moved to the magnificent grounds of Walmer Castle for a production of the world’s greatest love story, Romeo and Juliet.
The project returns this summer to Walmer for a production of The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare’s story of bitter jealousy and innocent love, of parting and reunion. In the most beautiful gardens in Kent, against a backdrop of the castle itself, the audience will join the dozens of actors and musicians as they journey from Sicilia to their adventures in Bohamia.
Once again the Deal Theatre Project will prove itself to be on of Britain’s most surprising, inventive and delightful theatrical events.
|LEONTES, King of Sicilia||Noel GREIG|
|HERMIONE, his wife||Andrew SPENCER|
|MAMILLIUS, his son||Sam PALMER / Ruth PILLING|
|PERDITA, his daughter||Sharon BULLEN|
|ANTIGONUS||Gerry CAVELL / Don MARTIN|
|CLEOMENES||Sarah PARFITT / Alison WHITE|
|DION||Elizabeth COE / Anita DALLEY|
|ARCHIDAMUS||Esme McCONNELL / Abigail ARCHER|
|EMILIA||Victoria WHYTE / Abigail ARCHER|
|A Gaoler||Christine FEY / Kerry SCURFIELD|
|A Mariner||Nick McCONNELL / Christine FEY|
|First Lady||Emma SOLLEY / Dionne HAIRSINE|
|Second Lady||Abigail ARCHER / Victoria WHYTE|
|Officers of the Court||Tim BARTLETT / Gary LOFT|
|First Gentleman||Mike EMBERSON / Christine FEY|
|Second Gentleman||Nick McCONNELL / Abigail ARCHER|
|Third Gentleman||Esme McCONNELL / Abigail ARCHER|
|POLIXENES, King of Bohemia||Ian GOLDUP|
|FLORIZEL, his son||Colin WAYMARK|
|AUTOLYCUS||Glenn LEE / Emma O’BRIEN|
|Old Shepherd||Sally CLAY / Mike SCURFIELD|
|Clown, his son||Claire GILES / Russell TOMLINSON PATTON|
|Shepherd’s Servant||Tim BARTLETT|
|Bohemians||Benedict CARROLL, Zoe BENNETT, Tim WHITE, Caroline WHITE, Charlotte WHYTE|
|TIME, as chorus||Jacob GOLDUP|
|Directed and Designed by Luke DIXON and Paul DART in collaboration with Noel Greig, Glenn Lee and Jessica Selous|
|Production Manager||Lee BOXSHALL|
|Associate Designer||Annabel LEE|
|Voice Coach||Jane BOSTON|
|Stage Managers||Bob GRAY and Dominic TUCKER|
|Deputy Stage Managers||Ken SHORT, Bernard DORE, Gary PARNHAM|
|Assistant Stage Managers||Ben PALMER, Simon BARTLETT|
|Front of House Manager||Marion SHORT|
|Front of House staff||Allan FORDHAM, Annette MUIR, Jason PARNHAM Scott PARNHAM, Jayne ESCHALIER, Ron ESCHALIER, Joy TURNER, Irene MARSTON, Lynn ARCHER, Joanna ARCHER, Eleanor WHYTE, Christine FEY, Bernard COOK, Pip DYER, Mike WILKINSON, Nan KEVILL, Kev KEVILL, Carol AUSTIN|
|Publicity||Mavis SEAMAN, Rose SHARP|
|“The SICILIAN SOUND”||Liz COE, Sheena ROGERS, Mike SCURFIELD, Russell BRIGHT|
|“The BOHEMIAN ALL STARS”||Stephen BOALCH, Don MARTIN, Jason WOODS|
ACT ONE : SICILIA, afterwards the coast of Bohemia (60 minutes) ACT TWO : BOHEMIA, afterwards Sicilia (70 minutes)
There will be a twenty minute interval on the centre lawn with thanks to Alan Parnell, Ken Arnold, Bernard Pond and all the staff at Walmer Castle; the staff of Deal Castle; Sherley’s Farm, The Drill Hall Arts Centre London; The Royal Marines; Sealink; Harris Builder Centre; Alan Ogilvie; Wardrobe Care by Lever Brothers; Dover Marine Supplies; The Deal Summer Music Festival.