Visit The Penrith Players’ website HERE.
When Dorothy and Keith retired to Cumbria in 2002, they went to the local amateur theatre in Penrith, and discovered a lively, old established, company doing a wide range of shows.
Keith joined them in 2003. What follows is a list of the productions he has been involved in, either as actor or director. The 160 seat theatre is situated near the centre of town, next to a large Morrisons supermarket.
In a normal year the Players will stage five shows, with a Junior section performing as well.
There are also visiting shows, and regular performances by local dance and theatre groups.
The theatre has a licensed bar, and once a month hosts Plug and Play, an open mike evening for local musicians with guest artists.
List of productions involving Keith, 2003-2019
Farndale Avenue Drama Society Production of ‘Macbeth’, by David McGillivray & Walter Zevlin Jnr. Directed by Jan Kirk. Keith played George Peach. Visiting drama adjudicator, who appears at the end in drag!
‘Allo, ‘allo (taken from the popular TV show). Directed by Bruce Armstrong Payne. Played Colonel von Strohm.
South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein. Directed by Valerie Fox.
Played non-singing role of Capt. George Brackett
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Directed by Geoff Bennett.
Played Candy, along with a toy dog !
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw. Directed by Jenny Wilson.
Played Henry Higgins
Separate Tables by Terence Rattigan. Directed by Keith.
Dad’s Army by J.Perry & D. Croft. Directed by Bruce Armstrong Payne.
Played Corporal Jones.
Educating Rita by Willy Russell. Directed by Keith
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Directed by Mike Head.
Fawlty Towers by John Cleese & Connie Booth. Directed by Bruce Armstrong Payne.
Played Major Given
The Cherry Orchard by Anton Checkhov. Directed by Keith.
Talking Heads by Alan Bennett. Co-directed by Keith, Roger Bird & Dennis Henderson.
Seasons Greetings by Alan Ayckbourn. Directed by Bill Turner.
Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett. Directed by Ian Baker.
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore. Directed by Dennis Henderson.
Played Dilwyn Knox. (Run ended by storm Desmond!)
Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward. Directed by Mike Head.
Played Dr. Bradman
Lord Arthur Saville’s Crime by Oscar Wilde. Directed by John Davies.
Played the Butler, Baines.
One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean. Directed by Andy Keogh.
Played Harry Dangle.
Duet for One by Tom Kempinski. Directed by Keith.
(Included live solo Bach violin music from Helmut Jakubowitz)
Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare. Directed by John Davies.
Quartet by Ronald Harwood, directed by Keith. Music by Giuseppe Verdi.