"Arsenic and Old Lace" by Joseph Kesselring - February 2011

Directed by Bill Sylvester

Production Manager Pam Thompson assisted by other group members

The Cast (in order of appearance)
Abby Brewster Sue Terry
Dr. Harper Alan Haydock
Teddy Brewster Bill Sylvester
Officer O'Hara Terry Hall
Martha Brewster Sian Barnard
Elaine Harper Katherine Buttfield
Mortimer Brewster David Darby
Mr. Gibbs Jim Wallis *
Jonathan Brewster Jon Jones
Dr. Einstein Tom Spencer
Lieutenant Klein Stan Harbidge
Mr. Witherspoon Alan Haydock

* Jim was unable to perform due to illness

Signing the documents


This classic comedy gives us sisters Abby and Martha Brewster, two dear elderly ladies who are famous in their Brooklyn neighbourhood for their numerous acts of charity, but they have dedicated themselves to helping lonely old men who are looking for lodgings to find peace with their elderberry wine, laced with a delicate mixture of arsenic, strychnine and "just a pinch of cyanide".
The two women are assisted in their crimes by eccentric nephew who believes he is Teddy Roosevelt and that he is building the Panama Canal in the cellar. Matters get complicated when a second nephew, theatre critic, Mortimer discovers the murders and then a third nephew, Jonathan appears who is on the run from the law.
The action of the play takes place in the Brewster household in Brooklyn, U.S.A.

Act 1   Late afternoon / early evening
Act 2 Sc 1 Later that evening & night


Sc 2 Later that night


Sc 3 Morning of the next day
The Production Team
Production Manager Pam Thompson
Stage Manager Bob Terry
Prompt  Annette Ayres
Properties Carol Radford
Sound & Lighting Clive Holland
Lynne Holland
Susan Jones
Set Design  Bill Sylvester
  David Darby
Set Construction Bob Terry
  Group Members
Costumes Carol Radford
Publicity Jon Jones
  Annette Aryes
Ticket Sales / Front Christine Harbidge
of House  
Refreshments Organiser Yvonne Purser
Photography Christine Harbidge
Posters/Programme Christine Harbidge

Teddy (Roosevelt?)
Jonathan & Mortimer Klein and Witherspoon