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The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club
Written by Ivan Menchell
Directed by Harry Dunphy
30 September – 5 October 1996

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life; Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun; and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart. The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille. It was made into a film, starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd, and Olympia Dukkakis.


Ida – Mavis Dunphy
Lucille – Christine Angell
Doris – Annette Marchant
Sam – John Hart
Mildred – Carol Butler


Stage Manager – Ian Macdonald
Set Design – Chris Angell
Assistant Stage Manager – Carol Butler
Production Assistant and Properties
Properties – Emma Letley, Jade Henderson, Sarah Jane Woodham
Lighting – Richard Apsey
Lighting Design – Mark Woodham
Sound – Keith Jarman
Wardrobe – Marjorie Sawyer, Carole Bramall
Set Construction – Ian Macdonald and Team