After our success with this show four years previously, it was felt our wider audience might enjoy its presentation in the comfort of the theatre rather than – as had been the case originally – in Little Tew’s church.
To mark this occasion we also produced a more professional-looking programme rather than the typed sheet distributed in 1976. But at the moment there’s rather a puzzle: the front page is clearly dated Saturday 3rd October 1998 but this must be a typographical error* – 1998-9 were the two years when Fred threw himself wholeheartedly into badly needed roofing works and other remedial projects around the house, so no production – certainly not one so complex in cast and rehearsal as the ‘Crown – was undertaken at this time.
I wondered whether just the year was wrong, but that date and day for 1980 fell on a Friday so that can’t be the answer. I’m currently (July 2020) trying to contact any of the performers in the hope they can shed light on the issue (strange really – it was always me shedding light on the performers!)
* Exasperatingly there was one other typo. On the back page the Revd Garratt’s surname was erroneously set as ‘Garrett’ no less than four times. Must. Do. Better . . .