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D H Lawrence

a season of plays

Royal Court Theatre

The Plays take place in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.

See also the rehearsal diary and an essay on D H Lawrence as dramatist.


A Collier's Friday Night

29 February 1968

Written in 1906-7, A Collier's Friday Night was premiered on August 8th 1965, directed by Peter Gill, as a production without decor, for the English Stage Society.

Edward Garnett records that Lawrence pencilled on the manuscript 'was written when I was twenty-one almost before I'd done anything'. Garnett goes on: 'The warp and woof of the drama out of which the situations are spun are the bitterness between the parents and Earnest's relations with the women around him. At twenty-one, Lawrence had not yet evolved his philosophical doctrines about sex, nor had he developed the inner conflict between his selves. But his uncanny clairvoyance about women and the sex duel generally is declared in every scene of the play'.

It is a play which shows even more than his others Lawrence's largely unrecognised faculty for humour, in its rich comic situations and verbal wit.

Mrs Lambert Anne Dyson
Nellie Lambert Christine Hargreaves
Gertie Coomber Susan Williamson
Lambert John Barrett
Ernest Lambert Victor Henry
Barker Anthony Douse
Carlin Mark Jones
Maggie Pearson Jenifer Armitage
Beatrice Wyld Gwendolyn Watts


The Daughter-in-Law

7 March 1968

Written 1912, had its first public production by Peter Gill in March last year at the Royal Court Theatre. Acclaimed as one of the best new plays of 1967, the production, in which Judy Parfitt gave one of the most praised performances of the year as Minnie Gascoigne, was regarded as a significant landmark in naturalistic presentation and acting.

Set against the 1912 Coal Strike (the year in which the play was written), it is a passionate study of a proud and intelligent young woman's struggle to possess her husband from the domination of his mother.

Mrs Gascoigne Anne Dyson
Joe Gascoigne Edward Peel
Mrs Purdy Gabrielle Daye
Minnie Gascoigne Judy Parfitt
Luther Gascoigne Michael Coles


The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd

14 March 1968

Written in 1914, this rarely performed play is a romantic tragedy: a study of a failing marriage and a doomed love affair with a last scene of tragic stature unparalleled in modern drama.

Mrs Holroyd Judy Parfitt
Blackmore Mark Jones
Jack Holroyd Len Jones Appears by permission of the Wendy Wisbey Agency and the Phildene Stage School
Minnie Holroyd June Liversidge Appears by permission of the Corona Stage School.
Clara Gwendolyn Watts
Laura Joan Francis
Holroyd Michael Coles
Grandmother Anne Dyson
Rigley John Barrett
Manager Anthony Douse
Miner Edward Peel
Tony Rohr
Director Peter Gill
Sets John Gunter
Costumes Deirdre Clancy
Lighting Andy Phillips
Assistant Directors Barry Hanson
Rob Knights
Deputy Stage Manager Juliet Alliston
Assistant Stage Managers Eileen Bence
Frances Dixon
Student Stage Manager Charles Hubbard


Season credits
Front of House Display and programme photographs by The National Coal Board
Publicity and Programme designed by Brian Cooper
Programme compiled by Shirley Matthews
Set built by Ray Addison Ltd
Properties and scene painting by John Campbell Design Ltd
Furniture by Old Times Furnishing
Set dressings by Studio and Television Hire
Tree by GLC Parks Department
Oil lamps by Christopher Wray's Lighting Emporium
Flour used in bread given by Whitworth's Holdings Ltd
Spectacles by Clifford Brown
Hats by Eric Gates
Men's Clothes by John Bright of Cosprop
Women's Clothes by Henrietta Webb
Jane Hamilton
Breaking down of pit clothes by Rod Stopes
Additional Womens' Clothes by Jo Canty
Wigs by Wig Creations
Electrical Fittings by J.M.B. Hire
Electrical Installation by Strand Electrical and Engineering Co.
Hoovermatic Washing Machine by Hoover Ltd. Perivale
Shoe Polish by Kiwi

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