The Lovebirds

A farce by Basil Thomas
Wednesday 10 October 1962 - Saturday 13 October 1962
The Little Theatre, Old Royal Marines Camp, Butts Close, Faringdon
Directed by Evelyn Stoodley

An old-fashioned British farce with an old, old story. When unscrupulous Brighton antiques dealer Cecil Gibson dies in a road accident, his widow Julie remarries, and her new husband Bertie was Cecil’s innocent but naive business partner. One of their wedding presents, from an unknown source, is a mouthy South American parrot, which appears to be a reincarnated Cecil whose aim is to make married life difficult for Bertie. As Bertie and Julie go off on their honeymoon, they are chased by a gangster because of a fake antique bed that the late Cecil substituted for the real thing which he then sold for a profit. In 1960, ‘The Lovebirds’ was made into a film called ‘The Night We Got the Bird’, starring Brian Rix and Dora Bryan. (This synopsis is from that film version.)

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Cast (in order of appearance):

Fay Sellars - Sheila Stanway
Victor Sellars - George Young
Helen Sellars - Kathleen Hill
Ben Green - Duncan McIntosh
Auntie Dollie - Evelyn Stoodley
Bertie Skidmore - Sam Heath
Julie Skidmore - Eileen Heath
Dr Vincent - Jim Gebbie
Lil Mortimer - Eileen Drew
Natasha - Kathleen Daish
Prof Gaston Cheval - William Reeves
Cecil - Joey Tolman; Ted Tolman

Production No.38 (4 shows were performed over 4 days).