Harrow County School for Boys

Much Ado About Nothing - Dramatic Society Production 9th-11th November, 1950


Leonato (Governor of Messina) Michael Bristow
Antonio (His Brother) Brian Wilson
Hero (Leonato's Daughter) Jennifer Preston
Beatrice (Leonato's Niece) Elizabeth Bishop
Margaret (Their gentlewoman) David Jones
Ursula (Their gentlewoman) John Simpson
Don Pedro (Prince of Arragon) James Henderson
Benedick (Young Lord of Padua) Richard Burnett
Claudio (Young Lord of Florence) Tom Moore
Don John (Pedro's Brother) Michael Rose
Correade (His Follower) Michael Casemore
Borachio (His Follower) (The Drunkard) Alan Thompson
Dogberry (Constable) Barry Clifton
Virgus (Headborough) Bernard Conrall
Watch 1 Ian Greenhalgh
George Seacale (Watch 2) Anthony Hodge
Francis Seacale (Sexton) Tom Howe
Friar Francis Bryan Seagrove
Boy, Messenger, and Page Peter Kettle
  Directed by Mr. H. J. Mees
  Scenery by D. Jones and K. Spelding
  Lighting by Wayte & Ridley
  Stage Staff Spelding, Snow, Norman
  Loudspeaker equipment kindly loaned by Keith Wilson and operated by Myall.

"Much Ado About Nothing" has not been seen in the School, apart from in the examination syllabus, for eighteen years.

It is impossible to make mention of all who contributed to the excellence of the production, for the direction of which Mr. H. J. Mees is to be especially complimented.  By its confidence, the cast was master of the audiences, which, for two of the three performances, filled the hall.  The attention did not flag, for the words were clear, and the movement natural.  Beatrice and Benedick played by Elizabeth Bishop and Richard Burnett, as once by Ellen Terry and Henry Irving, set the pace of the whole play, and were especially well-cast.  Michael Bristow, as Leonato, executed a difficult part with ease, and yet with feeling, and Michael Rose as Don John the Bastard, suitably attired, was admirably following his spleen.  Jennifer Preston and Tom Moore played their rather insipid parts as Hero and Claudio modestly, and James Henderson played the generous, match-making Prince, Don Pedro, with suitable carriage.  In smaller roles, Barry Clifton and Bryan Seagrove were especially good.  The one as Dogberry, commanded by his loud-mouthed pomposity, the other, as friar Francis, by his well-modulated tone and solemn bearing.  None of the supporting characters spoiled the performance by stiffness. "Well done!" to Brian Wilson as Antonio, David Jones and John Simpson as Margaret and Ursula, Michael Casemore and Alan Thompson as Correade and Borachio, Bernard Conrall as Virgus, Ian Greenhalgh and Anthony Hodge as the watch (accents well maintained), Tom Howe as Sexton, and Peter Kettle in several small parts.

A. B. A.

The Old Gaytonians Dramatic Society ... "loaned" to us two of their young ladies to take the femaile leads in our production.  Mr. Attridge also must be thanked for giving up so much of his valuable time in order to "make up" for us.

from The Gaytonian, December 1950

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