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Relative Values

Relative Values
Written by Noel Coward
Directed by Ian Macdonald
22 – 27 March 1999

From left to right.  David Maun, Jenny Tallowin, Colin Bailey, Christine Angell and Ben Gaston

From left to right. David Maun, Jenny Tallowin, Colin Bailey, Christine Angell and Ben Gaston

A comedy of manners, in which an American movie actress is preparing to wed a British Earl. Smack in the middle of a sedate dinner in the English mansion comes Miranda’s former flame and current Hollywood sensation, Don. Miranda is furious at the intrusion and would send Don packing except that the wary and wise Countess, knowing that the actress is no match for her son, blithely invites Don to stay for the evening. She privately tells Don not to give up, for she knows that the engagement will be shattered shortly. And it is, when the outraged maid can no longer stand Miranda’s pretense and discloses that she is her sister. The ties that bind are royal blue. The British line remains intact as Miranda goes home with Don.

Cast

Crestwell, the Butler – Colin Bailey
Alice, the housemaid – Emma Holland
Mrs Dora Moxton – Shelley Peters
Felicity, Countess of Marshwood – Christine Angell
Lady Cynthia Hayling – Pauline Ellard
Admiral Sir John Hayling – Ray Beven
The Honourable Peter Ingleton, Felicity’s nephew – Milton Conn-Goodman
Nigel, Earl of Marshwood – Ben Gaston
Miranda Frayle – Jenny Tallowin
Don Lucas – David Maun

Crew

Set Design – Ian Macdonald
Stage Manager – Steve Hunt
Set Construction – The Best of Friends
Assistant Stage Manager – Betty Bailey
Properties – Pat Vale, Jenni Barrand
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall
Sound – Catherine Blair
Lighting – Simon Dinsmore