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Home and Beauty

Home and Beauty
Written by W. Somerset Maugham
Directed by Eileen Hullett
26 – 29 November 1969

Set immediately after the Great War in 1918. Maugham called it “a farce in three acts”.

After the death of her husband, William, the spoilt and beautiful Victoria married his best friend, Frederick. When William comes back after the war alive after all, each man can hardly wait to surrender her to the other. However, Victoria seems to have another admirer waiting in the wings.

The play is full of witty social comment, with all the various preoccupations of the day, including the new social order giving rise to a bolshier breed of servant and a more flexible attitude towards marriage.


Victoria – Valerie Cope
Miss Dennis – Dot Hamlin
Taylor – Melba Rutherford
Mrs Shuttleworth – Sylvia Palmer
Leicester Paton – Denis Bailey
Major Frederick Lowndes – John Saveall
Major William Cardew – John Hollingsworth
Nannie – Ida Browne
Mrs Pogson – Margaret Baird
Abraham – Walter Cornforth
Miss Montmoremcy – Kathy Clark
Clarence – Carl Howman


Stage Manager – Martin Wood
Assistant Stage Manager – Dot Hamlin
Properties – Diane Montague and Marageret Laurence
Lighting and Sound – Viviane Hollingsworth and Janice Wood
Wardrobe – Joan Robarts
Set Construction – The Guild Workshop