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About the production

BASED on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music tells the story of middle-aged Fredrik Egerman and his teenage bride, Anne, with whom he has never had sexual relations in spite of the fact that they have been married for eleven months. The couple lives in the same house with Fredrik's son Henrik, a seminary student one year older than Anne. The lack of intimacy aside, things seem to be going tolerably well for the couple until they attend a comedy at the theatre that features Desirée Armfeldt, an actress with whom Fredrik once had an affair. Although Anne can't stomach the thought of sleeping with Fredrik, she doesn't like the thought of any other woman performing that particular service for her husband either, and when she notices Desirée making eyes at Fredrik, she demands to be taken home immediately.

Once home, however, Fredrik can't stop thinking of his former lover, and when he goes to visit her, his eleven months of forced celibacy get the best of him, and he is soon in bed with the actress. No sooner have they done the deed, however, than they are interrupted by Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, a married man with whom Desirée is having an affair. Malcolm is a self-proclaimed man of the world and knows how these things work, but the situation grows more complicated the next morning when the Count baldly relates the evening's events to his wife Charlotte 
whose little sister happens to be a girlhood friend of Anne's.


Later, when the Count drifts to sleep, Charlotte decides to tip Annee off about Fredrik's activities. Meanwhile, however, Desirée has issued an invitation to Fredrik and his family to spend a weekend with her at her country estate. In spite of what she now knows, Anne decides to accept the invitation looking as young as possible so as to shame Desirée back behind her wrinkles. When Malcolm learns of the invitation, he Anneounces that he and Charlotte will attend as well, invited or not, as he is determined not to lose his mistress. Once all of the players arrive at the isolated estate, the stage is set for a sexually-charged weekend of thinly veiled accusations and unexpected revelations.

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Cast

Mr Lindquist Geoff Guest

Mrs Nordstrom Heather Such

Mrs Anderssen Georgina Kane

Mr Erlandson Mark Freeman

Mrs Segstrom Karen Dyer

Malla Gemma Ribakovs

Fredrika Armfeldt Tarni Morris

Mdme Armfeldt Jane Kisbee

Frid her butler Brian Havers

Henrik Egerman Rob Bristow

Ann Egerman Lucy Brown

Fredrik Egerman Alex Broadfield

Petra Holly Brown

Desiree Armfeldt Sue Read

Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm Stephen Gravett

Countess Charlotte Malcolm Gill Giaffreda

 

Production Crew

 

Director Clive Read

Musical Director Andrew Brown

Choreographer Sue Read

Asst. Director Denis Stapleton

Page Turner Helen Brown

Wardrobe Mistress Tracy Sortwell

Hair Carol Long

Stage Manager Ray Clark

Assistant Stage Manager Geoff Guest

Set Painting Denis Stapleton

Jayne Robinson

Deputy Stage Manager John Lawrence

Backstage Assistants Jonathan Buckle

Lorayne Dawson

Paul Graves

Ginnie Moorhouse

Sound & Lighting Chris Murray

Roy Baxendell

Gary Woodward

Properties Helen Linford

Darren Gregory

Prompt Kathy Surman

Programme Sue & Clive Read

Front of House Sylvia Drake

Mary Gallagher

Pam Haswell

Beryl Teanby

Pam Stimson

Refreshments Ros Butler

Bookings Secretary Sylvia Drake

Rehearsal Refreshments Ros Butler

Beryl Teanby

Car Park Terry Pegg

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