by Enid Bagnold
Tue 21 Jul - Sat 25 Jul 7.45pm
Mrs St Maugham, guardian of her wilful, sexually precocious and mendacious granddaughter Laurel, wants to recruit a governess for her ward. The mysterious Miss Madrigal is appointed and proves more than a match for both Laurel and Mrs St Maugham whose life's work has been to restore her dying garden where, despite her best efforts, nothing flourishes. In helping the various members of the household find resolutions for their problems, including reviving the garden, Miss Madrigal is forced to reveal and face up to her own dark secret.
This 'artificial black comedy' enjoyed much success in the 1950s but fell into obscurity until revived to great acclaim by Michael Grandage at the Donmar Theatre in 2008. It was a hugely radical play (not necessarily recognised at the time), dealing with teenage sexuality, abuse, capital punishment and corrosive family relationships, particularly between mothers and daughters. Its psychological insights, despite the ostensibly very traditional Sussex manor house setting, remain highly relevant today. It is witty, challenging and compelling.
Kenneth Tynan said of The Chalk Garden that it 'may well be the finest artificial comedy to have flowed from an English (as opposed to an Irish) pen since the death of Congreve'.
Cast and Production Team
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Mrs St Maugham Phil Massey
Miss Madrigal Yvonne Pini
Laurel Ellie Corrigan
Olivia Gemma Larke
Second Applicant Heather Wass
Third Applicant Heather Butterworth
Nurse Heather Butterworth
Maitland Paul Gooding
The Judge Russ Watson
Production Manager TBA
Stage Manager Nicky Wayling
Assistant Stage Managers Heather Butterworth, Heather Wass
Set Design Maurice Waterworth
Set Construction Richard Spiers
Sound Tom Wayling
Rehearsal Prompt Ann Stutz, Patricia Kneale-Buxton, Heather Wass
Publicity Ian Campbell
Front of House TBA