by William Shakespeare; producer Brian Matthew
10-11 June 1960, Deepdene, Oxenden Wood Road, Chelsfield Park
Surprisingly, this was the first time in its 24-year history that the Players had tackled Shakespeare in what was at least the Society’s 40th show. The Society made up for neglecting the Bard by producing a Shakespeare play every year for the next five years. It was also the Society’s first outdoor production since 1939, performed in the grounds of one of the large houses on Oxenden Wood Road.
Again Brian Matthew took the directing reins, as well as taking on the central role of Malvolio. New faces included Sally King, Brian Ash, Keith Davies and Ben Walters. Stalwarts from the Society’s earlier history included Paul Coupland and Norman Nash, as well as Gladys Hollands as stage manager.