'King John'


Railway Institute


14th - 19th February 1949


A. G. Revill & E. D. Marsden

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In 1949 the British Empire Shakespeare Society (Derby Branch), as we were then known, presented 'King John' for the first and so far only time to date.

Perhaps the most renowned member in the history of Derby Shakespeare is the actor Alan Bates, who appeared in several shows with us as a young man before attending RADA and going on to a career on stage and screen.  In 'King John' he shared the role of Arthur, the nephew to the King, and appeared in alternating performances throughout the week.

We hope to be able to add more information and photographs from this production soon.


Producers - A. G. Revill & E. D. Marsden
Stage Director - Leslie Roome
Settings & Lighting - Dennis Eddowes
Wardrobe & Properties - Mrs. M. A. Wheeler
Scene Painting - Cecil Smith


King John - J. H. Banks
Prince Henry - M. F. J. Dobson
Arthur, Duke of Bretagne - A. Bates (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) & I. McNab (Tue, Thu, Sat matinee)
Earl Of Pembroke - K. E. Sayer
Earl Of Essex - A. Small
Earl Of Salisbury - L. H. Titmuss
Hubert De Burgh - E. G. Ennals
Robert Faulconbridge - A. R. Carter
Philip The Bastard - F. H. Garratt
Phillip, King Of France - A. A. Dean
Lewis, The Dauphin - E. H. Cutts
Lymoges, Duke Of Austria - D. George
Peter Of Pomfret - A. R. Carter
Cardinal Pandulph - W. Malcolm
Melun - A. W. Dalby-Phillips
Chatillon - P. T. D. Sharratt
First Citizen - A. W. Elliott
Second Citizen - E. R. Lilley
English Herald - P. K. Markland
French Herald - J. W. C. Tomlinson
Acolytes - D. W. Bradshaw & T. R. Martin
Executioners - G. T. Shardlow & D. Willatt
English, French & Austrian Soldiers - F. Beard, G. Dickinson, N. Smith, A. G. Styche, S. D. Thomas & D. Turner
Queen Elinor - Mrs. A. R. Laurie
Constance - Mrs. E. Heward Bowyer
Blanch Of Spain - Miss V. Revels
Lady Faulconbridge - Mrs. F. Locke