Some 70 years after they presented Nothing But The Truth by J Montgomery in November 1943 Stafford Players stage the first work of their anniversary year, Spring and Port Wine.
Penned by Bill Naughton who also wrote hits like Alfie and The Family Way - all three became very successful films.
At the helm is Denise Arthur in her second outing in the director’s chair following her debut with This Happy Breed in 2012.
“It’s in the main theatre this time so I’m slightly twitchy,” she said.
“It’s also a full set. The last play I did was in the round in The Met Studio so I didn’t have to worry about doors, windows and curtains.” Set in the 1960s Spring and Port Wine deals with the perennial topic of the generation gap between parents and children. It follows the lives of the Compton family in their terraced home in Bolton over a single weekend, during which this close and loving family unit falls apart.
Some five members from This Happy Breed are part of the current cast including Gill Broadbent who plays the wife again.
“They’re all good and I really enjoyed working with them,” she said.
There are also some different faces from last time around including Keith Minshull, who plays the head of the family.
The experienced actor won the best actor award in last season’s North Staffs 3 Act Drama Festival for his role of the father in the Players’ highly praised production of Proof.
Spring and Port Wine opens for four nights on Wednesday, November 6.
Tickets are £8.50/£7.50 concessions from the Gatehouse box office on 01785 254653 or www.staffordgatehouse theatre.co.uk. See www.staffordplayers.co.uk or www.facebook.com/staffordplayers for more information on the company.