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When We Are Married

J.B. Priestley

25 Nov - 2 Dec 2017

Tony Bannister


Performances

Sat 7:45pm, Mon 7:45pm, Tue 7:45pm, Wed 7:45pm, Thu 7:45pm, Fri 7:45pm, Sat 2:45pm, Sat 7:45pm theatre

Synopsis

When We Are Married was first produced in the West End in 1938, and has continued to delight and entertain generations of theatregoers ever since. Set in 1908, in a medium sized town in the East Riding of Yorkshire, at the heart of the wool industry, it is a straightforward comedy about three solidly middle class couples who were all married on the same day in 1883 by the same clergyman in the same chapel, and who have gathered together to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. However, they are about to receive a visit from a young music teacher bringing information which threatens to turn their prosperous and respectable lives upside down. When We Are Married is a meticulously crafted and beautifully observed comedy, populated by colourful and engaging characters, both male and female, offering wonderful opportunities for actors. More than that, however, it is a fascinating snapshot of the rigidly defined class system that prevailed in provincial towns in the immediate post-Victorian era, when industrial Britain was still at its most prosperous. In this production, as well as bringing out the best in the comedy, we will be concentrating on character development and delineation, and the creation of an authentic Edwardian atmosphere.