Past Performances

2 gents posterDirected by Simon Pell

Summer 2007

"Two Gents" was one of only a few Shakespearian comedies not yet tackled by The Castle Players.  This production once again set modern music against a traditional Elizabethan setting and brought three memorable new members into the group. Antonio Giovannini and Gianluca Marghieri were two real "Gentlemen from Verona", opera singers who flew in to help promote the show during production week - and to appear in a final scene in a cheeky deviation from the original. They braved torrential rain to perform at venues across the region and to entertain the audience as they ate their sodden picnics.

The third new member was Bruno the dog - winner of The Castle Players' very own "Bone Idol" competition against over twenty competitors. Unfazed by lights, crowds or noise, he played the part of Crab alongside Gordon Duffy-McGhie's Launce. A natural performer despite unpromising beginnings in a rescue centre, Bruno also proved to be an escape artist to rival Houdini and his unrehearsed exits from the stage kept cast and crew on their toes. Our thanks to the Coates family from Middlesbrough for providing a canine taxi service to bring Bruno to rehearsals and performances.

"It's a commendation in itself and a testament to the Castle Players' reputation for delivering quality, lively productions, that among the audience there was a healthy smattering of young faces and, by 11 p.m. when the play was reaching its climax, most were still watching intently." - The Northern Echo

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Cast Crew
Duke of Milan Ian Kirkbride   Designed & directed by Simon Pell
Silvia Naomi Bartholomew   Assistant director Mary Stastny
Thurio Andy Moorhouse   Crowd workshop leader  Jill Cole
Eglamour Graham Fewell   Stage manager  Lez Woodhouse
Proteus Matthew Jones   Props  Jane Vafeas 
Valentine Angus Wheeler   Wardrobe  Lesley Cutting 
Julia Emily Wilson   Technical design & installation  Bob Blyth & Harry Robinson 
Antonio Keith Turner   Stage & technical management 

Jane Vafeas, Kathy Kerr, Christopher Evans, Erica Lawson-Spence,

William Barker, Alex Pollard, Trevor Clarke, Bridget Tyldsley 

Lucetta Alex Fewell   The Experience  Christine Naseby 
Speed Chris Best   Set construction & painting 

Simon Pell, Graham Fewell, Jane Vafeas, Bridget Tyldsley,

John Beadle, Caroline Carter, Margaret Wright, Fred Traice,

Lez Woodhouse, Chris Best, Mary Stastny, Peter Cockerill,

Jane Mardon, Marian Rayner, Edmund Purdy, Bryony Bell

Launce Gordon Duffy-McGhie   Transport & logistics manager  Peter Atkinson 
Panthio Caroline Carter                           
Host Sarah Fells  
Outlaws Alice Byrne, Sue Byrne, Ben Mansfield  
Servant Maria-Teresa Lander  
Crab Bruno (the dog)  
Ursula Faye Wood  
Friar Patrick Andrew Harrison  
Don Alphonso Jim Perrie  
Mrs Don Alphonso Stella Saunders  
Friar Laurence John Beadle  
The Rich Mercatio Clive Barker  
Antonio's Brother David Kelly  
Antonio's Sister In Law Sue Kelly  
Street Singer Josie Pollard  
Nuns Nic Worsnop, Bryony Bell, Jill Cole, Kelly Louise Profitt  
Street Sellers Fiona Ottewell, Patrick Bentley, Anna Bentley  
Woman Rhonda Hart-Davis  
Mystic Annalisa Ward  
Citizens of Milan Jackie Edwards & Peter Cockerill  
Musician Alastair Fells  
King of the Sandwichboard Andrew Stainthorpe