Vivid depiction of an era’s end


John Osborne’s celebrated classic ‘The Entertainer’ will be staged by Actor’s Workshop Studio Group in November.

The play is described as a vivid cocktail of human emotions, full of pathos and humour.

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, Archie Rice, played by Paul Varnham, is a struggling music-hall artist who has trouble adjusting to the fact that his career is nearing its end.

Eric Pratt returns to the Studio to play Archie’s father, Billy, and Marian Feather, also a founder studio member, is Archie’s wife, Phoebe.

Tara Lassey plays Archie’s daughter, Jean, and the cast is completed by Luke Garbutt, Lee Whitton, and Jack Boothroyd, a recent recruit from the Youth Theatre.

Director Lottie Ward said: “The play makes the brilliant link between the fading British Empire and a dilapidated old music hall. Three generations of the dysfunctional Rice family symbolise post-war Britain’s decline.

“We have gathered a group of experienced, committed and talented actors to tackle the demands and challenges of this terrific piece of theatre.

“I am at the helm and enjoying every minute of working with this enthusiastic and encouraging ensemble.”

‘The Entertainer’ is at the Actor’s Workshop, St James’s Street, Halifax, from Tuesday, November 10 to Saturday, November 14 at 7.30pm.

‘The Entertainer’ was first staged in 1957 with Laurence Olivier in the title role. It followed Osborne’s controversial ‘Look Back in Anger’.

Tickets are available from 01422 323688.