When We Are Married

Performed: 
Tuesday, 8 April 1958 - 7:30pm
Writer: 
J B Priestley
Director: 
Bessie Lamb
Venue: 
Hornby Institute, Main Street, Hornby
Cast: 
Ruby BirtleDorothy Bracken
Gerald ForbesRichard Towers
Mrs NorthropNoreen Griffin
Nancy HolmesMary Ashton
Fred DysonMichael Dillon
Henry OrmonroydTom Halhead
Alderman Joseph HelliwellJohn Holt
Maria HelliwellMaggie Booth
Councillor Albert ParkerHarry Dixon
Herbert SoppittBill Griffin
Clara SoppittEdna Smalley
Annie ParkerJean Hallam
Lottie GradyMary Lamb
Rev Clement MercerEdward Hallam

Priestley’s 1938 British farce begins when a group of old friends, all married on the same day in the same chapel, gathers at the Helliwells’ home to celebrate their silver anniversary. When they discover that they are not legally married, each couple initially reacts with proper Victorian horror – what will the neighbours think? – but soon all three couples find themselves re-evaluating their marriages. In the end, of course, everything turns out well, and the play ends on a happy note.