'Henry VIII' & 'The Winter's Tale'


Grand Theatre


15th - 20th February 1932


A. G. Revill & C. B. Sherwin

'Henry VIII' and 'The Winter's Tale' were performed for the first time in our history in February 1932. Each play alternated with the other between the matinee and evening performance of the day throughout the week.  This busy schedule was customary for the British Empire Shakespeare Society (Derby Branch), as we were then known, at the time.

When staging plays back to back in this was it was customary for the society to choose pieces that would contrast and compliment each other.

The Grand Theatre was our regular venue at the time, though following the Second World War the society was unable to return to the Grand and it was subsequently converted into a dance hall and, in later years, a succession of nightclubs and restaurants.


Producers - Mr. A. G. Revill & Mr. C. B. Sherwin


King Henry VIII - Mr. A. G. Revill
Cardinal Wolsey - Mr. A. D. Smedley
Cardinal Campeius - Mr. C. G. Dowding
Cranmer, Archbishop Of Canterbury - Mr. F. H. Roe
Duke Of Norfolk - Mr. E. J. Browne
Duke Of Buckingham - Mr. H. W. Ellis
Duke Of Suffolk - Mr. J. F. C. Kent
Earl Of Surrey - Mr. J. W. Harris
Lord Chamberlain - Mr. E. L. Bennett
Lord Chancellor - Lt. Col. G. A. Lewis
Gardiner, Bishop Of Winchester - Mr. E. D. Marsden
Bishop Of Lincoln - Dr. T. E. Ashdown Carr
Lord Abergavenny - Mr. D. G. Gilman
Lord Sands - Mr. J. D. H. Gilbert
Sir Henry Guildford - Mr. H. St, Johnstone
Sir Thomas Lovell - Mr. L. H. Titmuss
Sir Anthony Denny - Mr. J. W. Locke
Sir Nicholas Vaux - Mr. V. R. Shepherd
Secretaries To Wolsey - Messrs. J. C. Goodchild, Partridge & R. E. Williams
Cromwell, Secretary To Wolsey - Mr. G. W. Raybould
Griffith - Mr. A. E. Goodey
Garter King-At-Arms - Mr. R. E. Williams
Surveyor To The Duke Of Buckingham - Mr. G. F. Knighton
Brandon - Mr. G. R. Willis
Sergeant-At-Arms - Mr. J. Bottom
Doorkeeper - Mr. R. G. Deane
Lords, Gentlemen In Waiting, Soldiers, etc. - Messrs. C. H. Aslin, N. Deudney, W. A. Raybould, F. W. Watson, J. Howard Smith, W. J. Aird, J. C. Kitchin, T. J. Raybould, W. H. Warren, F. W. Banks, J. Cranage, E. V. Pratt & C. E. Wood
Queen Katherine - Mrs. A. R. Laurie
Anne Bullen - Mrs. H. Boorman
Old Lady - Mrs. C. H. Aslin
Patience - Mrs. Sheilagh St. Johnstone
Ladies-In-Waiting - Mrs. G. F. Knighton, Mrs. G. R. Willis, Miss Marjorie Ingram Browne, Miss K. Grindrod. Miss G. J. Helps, Miss Freda Penney, Miss R. Pollett & Miss Barbara Wilkins

Leontes - Mr. F. H. Roe
Mamillius - Master R. A. J. Gibson
Camillo - Mr. C. G. Dowding
Antigonus - Mr. J. W. Harris
Cleomenes - Mr. R. G. Deane
Dion - Mr. D. G. Gilman
Polixenes - Mr. H. W. Ellis
Florizel - Mr. G. W. Raybould
Old Shepherd - Mr. E. D. Marsden
Clown - Mr. G. F. Knighton
Autolycus - Mr. D. Campbell
Mariner - Mr. W. A. Scott
Lord - Mr. L. H. Titmuss
Officer - Mr. E. J. Browne
Shepherds - Messrs. J. Bottom, W. A. Scott, W. Hughes, I. Jones & A. Grimes
Lords - Messrs. J. A. Taylor & F. C. Copestake
Soldiers - Messrs. J. C. Kitchin & T. J. Raybould
Hermione - Miss Eileen Whitehouse
Perdita - Miss Betty Wilkins
Paulina - Mrs. A. G. Revill
Mopsa - Mrs. G. F. Knighton
Dorcas - Miss Irene Fielding
Ladies In Waiting - Miss K. Grindrod & Miss G. J. Helps
Shepherdesses - Miss W. S. Marsden & Miss Tweddell