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 The Marlborough Dramatic Club was founded in 1904

 Year Month  Title  Author
    Between 1905 and 1924 the majority of the Club plays were performed in the Drill Hall, Brentwood.  
1905 May OLD SOLDIERS  (our first show - see playbill below) H.J Byron
  Nov LIBERTY HALL R. C. Carton
1906 Feb MEADOWSWEET C. M. Prevost
  Feb BROWNE WITH AN 'E' L. Montague
  April THE NEW BOY Arthur Law
    A PAIR OF SPECTACLES Sydney Grundy
1907 Jan LIBERTY HALL R. C. Carton
  Jan SUNLIGHT AND SHADOW R. C. Carton
   Apr A BRACE OF PARTRIDGES R. Ganthony
   Oct MY FRIEND THE PRINCE J. H. McCarthy
    SWEET LAVENDER A. W. Pinero
1908  Feb A PAIR OF SPECTACLES Sydney Grundy
   Feb MRS. GORRINGE'S NECKLACE H. H. Davies
   Oct DAVID GARRICK T. W. Robertson
    LOAN OF A LOVER J. R. Planche
    ICI ON PARLE FRANCAIS J. T. Williams
   Dec THE PRIVATE SECRETARY Charles Hawtrey
1909   LOAN OF A LOVER J. R. Planche
    ICI ON PARLE FRANCAIS J. T. Williams
   Feb BUGLE CALL Louis N. Parker & Addison Bright
    SEVENTY ONE (An Adaption) R. H. Archbald/Gaston Meyer
    FRENCH AS HE IS SPOKEN R. H. Archbald/Gaston Meyer
    THE SILVER TANKARD Cecil Egerton
   Nov COUSIN KATE H. H. Davies
1910   DUKE OF KILLICRANKIE R. Marshall
   Apr ONE SUMMER'S DAY H. V. Esmond
   Nov SATURDAY TO MONDAY Frederick Penn & Richard Pryce
1911   From 1911 a new Marlborough Dramatic Club logo design was used, which is replicated on the top of this web page.  
1911  Jan LOVE IN IDLENESS Parker & Goodman
   Feb LITTLE MRS. CUMMIN Richard Pryce
   Nov FACING THE MUSIC J. H. Darnley
   Dec ALL-OF-A-SUDDEN PEGGY Ernest Denny
1912  Jan FACING THE MUSIC J. H. Darnley
   Feb OUR FLAT Mrs. Musgrave
   Nov JACK STRAW W. Somerset Maugham
   Dec ROSEMARY Louis N. Parker & Murry Carson
1913   A TIGHT CORNER  
   Apr NIOBE, ALL SMILES Harry & Edward Paulton
    OH! SUSANNAH  
   Dec MRS. DOT W. Somerset Maugham
1914  Feb THE STRANGE ADVENTURES OF MISS BROWN Robert Buchanan & Charles Marlowe
    ANN (100th performance)  
1915   OH! SUSANNAH  
1916  Jan A TIGHT CORNER Herbert Swears
1917   No plays - during World War I
 
1918   No plays  
1919  Oct ELIZA COMES TO STAY H. V. Esmond
    MR. PREEDY & THE COUNTESS R. C. Carton
1920  Feb THE CHEERFUL KNAVE Keble Howard
   Oct THE MAN FROM TORONTO Douglas Murray
   Dec THE MOLLUSC Hubert Henry Davies
1921  Feb MARY GOES FIRST  Henry Arthur Jones
   Oct BILLETED F. Tennyson Jesse & H.M Harwood
   Dec THE YOUNG PERSON IN PINK Gertude E. Jennings
1922  Jan THE IRRESISTIBLE MARMADUKE Ernest Denny
   Feb THE RIVALS Richard Brinsley Sberidan
   Oct GRUMPY T. Wigney Percyval
   Dec TILLY OF BLOOMSBURY Jan Hay
1923  Feb QUINNEYS Horace Annesley Vacbell
   Oct THREE WISE FOOLS Austin Strong
   Dec THE CHINESE PUZZLE Marion Bower & Leon M. Lion
1924  Mar THE AMAZONS Arthur W. Pinero
1924  Oct

As from Oct 1924 the Club started to use the  Brentwood School Memorial Hall for our play performances.

 
   Oct MICE AND MEN Madeleine Lucette Ryley
   Dec RAFFLES E.W. Hornung & Eugene Presbery
1925  Feb LORD RICHARD IN THE PANTRY Sydney Blow & Douglas Hoare
   Nov THE RISING GENERATION Wyn Weaver & Laura Leycester
1926  Jan THE WARE CASE George Pleydell
   Feb THE GHOST OF JERRY BUNDLER  W.W. Jacobs
   Feb  AREN'T WE ALL? Frederick Lonsdale
   Nov TO HAVE THE HONOUR A.A Milne
1927  Jan IN THE NEXT ROOM Eleanor Robson & Harriete Ford
   Feb THE LILIES OF THE FIELD John Hastings Turner
   Nov THE SPORT OF KINGS Jan Hay
1928  Jan DR. WAKES'S PATIENT W.Gayer Mackey & Robert Ord
   Feb TONS OF MONEY Will Evans & Valentine
1929  Jan THE GREAT ADVENTURE Arnold Bennett
   Feb THE WATCHED POT H.H. Munro & Charles Maude
   Nov THE NAUGHTY WIFE Fred Jackson
1930  Jan LOYALTIES John Gatswortby
   Feb THE SIGN ON THE DOOR
Channing Pollock
   Nov AMBROSE APPLEJOHNS ADVENTURE Walter Hacket
1931  Jan  INTERFERENCE (includes 200th performance) Rolald Pertwee and Harold Deardon
   Feb  THE RINGER  Edgar Wallace
   Apr  A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS  Ian Hay and P.G.Wodehouse
   Nov THE MIDDLE WATCH Ian Hay and Stephen King-Hall
1932  Jan ALIBI Michael Morton
   Feb THE CALENDAR Edgar Wallace
   Nov  THE BEST PEOPLE  David Gray and Avery Hopwood
1933  Jan ALICE SIT=BY=THE=FIRE Sir J.M Barrie
   Feb AND SO TO BED J.B. Fagan
   May THE CASE OF THE FRIGHTENED LADY Edgar Wallace
   Nov COCK ROBIN Elmer Rice & Philip Barry
1934  Jan THE DOVER ROAD A.A. Milne
   Feb THE GREEN GODDESS William Archer
   Nov ROAD HOUSE Walter Backett
1935  Jan THE YOUNG IDEA Noel Coward
   Feb THE SKIN GAME John Galsworby
   Mar DANGEROUS CORNER J.B. Priestley
   Nov MURDER ON THE SECOND FLOOR Frank Vosper
   Nov THE NELSON TOUCH Neil Grant
1936  Jan  TRELAWNY OF THE WELLS Arthur W. Pinero
   Feb  IF FOUR WALLS TOLD  Edward Percy
   Nov  LIBEL  Edward Wooll
1937  Jan  THE GHOST TRAIN  Arnold Ridley
   Mar  DISTINGUISHED GATHERING  James Parish
   Nov  THE LAKE  Murray Macdonald
1938  Jan  SEE NAPLES AND DIE  Elmer Rice
   Mar  THE LIMPING MAN  Will Scott
   Nov  HYDE PARK CORNER  Walter Hackett
1939  Jan  ORDERS ARE ORDERS  Ian Hay and Anthony Armstrong
1939  Feb THE WIND AND THE RAIN  Merton Hodge
   Mar  FRESH FIELDS  Ivor Novello
1940    No plays during World War II  
1941    No plays during World War II  
1942    No plays during World War II  
1943    No plays during World War II  
1944    No plays during World War II  
1945  Nov  MR PIM PASSES BY  A.A.Milne
1946  Jan  LABURNUM GROVE  J.B.Priestley
   Mar  THE UNGUARDED HOUR  Bernard Merivale
   Nov  HOUSEMASTER  Ian Hay
1947  Jan  LADIES IN RETIREMENT (includes 300th performance)  Edward Percy and Reginald Denham
   Mar  SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER  Oliver Goldsmith
1948  Nov  MIXED DOUBLES  Frank Stayton
1949  Jan  ROPE  Patrick Hamilton
   Mar  TO KILL A CAT  Roland Pertwee and Harold Dearden
   Oct  THE RELAPSE or Virtue in Danger  Sir John Vanbrugh
1950    ROBERT'S WIFE  St John Irvine
     GRAND NATIONAL NIGHT  Dorithy and Campbell Christie
     DEAR OCTOPUS  Dodie Smith
1951  Jan  PRIDE AND PREJUDICE  Helen Jerome
   Mar  HAY FEVER  Noel Coward
   Nov  THE THIRD VISITOR  Gerald Anstruther
1952  Jan  VICTORIA REGINA  Laurence Housman
   Mar  THE GUINEA-PIG  Warren Chetham-Strode
   Nov  PEACE IN OUR TIME  Noel Coward
1953  Jan  FRENCH WITHOUT TEARS  Terence Rattigan
   Apr  LADY WINDERMERE'S FAN  Oscar Wilde
   Nov  THE CIRCLE  W.Somerset Maugham
1954  Jan  THE YEARS BETWEEN  Daphne Du Maurier
   Mar  Jubilee Dinner-Dance at Hutton Masonic Hall  
   May  THUNDER ROCK  Robert Ardrey
   Nov  A MAN'S HOUSE  John Drinkwater
1955  Jan  A LADY MISLAID  Kenneth Horne
   May  BLACK CHIFFON  Lesley Storm
   Nov  THE LADY'S NOT FOR BURNING  Christopher Fry
1956  Jan  HOME AT SEVEN  R.C.Sherriff
   Apr  YOU NEVER CAN TELL  Bernard Shaw
   Nov  SPRING AT MARINO  Constance Cox
1957  Feb  THE RETURN  Bridget Boland
   May  TWO DOZEN ROSES  Kenneth Horne
   Nov  ON MONDAY NEXT  Philip King
1958  Feb  A BILL OF DIVORCEMENT (includes 400th performance)  Clemence Dane
   Apr  RING ROUND THE MOON  Jean Anouilh
   Nov  THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST  Oscar Wilde
1959  Feb  THE BURNING GLASS  Charles Morgan
   Apr  THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE  William Douglas Home
1960  Jan  THE SLEEPING PRINCE  Terence Rattigan
   Mar  THE HOUSE BY THE LAKE  Hugh Mills
   May  THE LITTLE GLASS CLOCK  Hugh Mills
   Nov  A TOUCH OF THE SUN  N.C.Hunter
1961  Jan  A Social Evening incuding play LIBERATION and HIGH TEA  Normand Holland / Hugh Miller
   Feb  NOT IN THE BOOK  Arthur Watkyn
   Apr  THE CHALK GARDEN  Enid Bagnold
   Nov  THEQUEEN AND THE REBELS  Ugo Betti
1962  May  DEAR DELINQUENT  Jack Popplewell
   Nov  QUEEN ELIZABETH SLEPT HERE  Talbot Rothwell
1963  Feb  BERKLEY SQUARE  John L. Balderston
   Apr  A CLEAN KILL  Micheal Gilbert
   Nov  DEAR CHARLES  Alan Melville
1964  Feb  AFFAIRS OF STATE  Louis Verneuil
   Apr  SPARK IN JUDEA  R.F.Delderfield
   Oct  THE GEESE ARE GETTING FAT  Arthur Watkyn
1965  Feb  BERKELEY SQUARE  John L.Balderston
   Apr  A CLEAN KILL  Michael Gilbert
   Nov  THE TOUCH OF FEAR  Dorothy and Campbell Christie
1966  Feb  THE TULIP TREE  N.C.Hunter
   Apr  THE MARQUISE  Noel Coward
   Nov  THE TOUCH OF FEAR  Dorothy and Campbell Christie
1967  Feb  SUSPECT  Edward Percy and Reginald Denham
   Apr  PENNIES DROM HEAVEN  Naomi Waters
   Nov  PRESENT LAUGHTER  Noel Coward
1968  Feb  HIS EXCELLENCY  Dorothy and Campbell Christie
   Apr  TRAP FOR A LONELY MAN  Robert Thomas
   Nov  A LETTER FROM THE GENERAL  Maurice McLoughlin
1969  Feb  BREATH OF SPRING (includes 500th performance)  Peter Coke
   Apr  UNCLE VANYA  Anton Chekov
   Nov  THE HEIRESS  Ruth and Augustus Goetz
1970  Feb  THE CAPTIVES  Charlotte Hastings
   Apr  BLITHE SPIRIT  Noel Coward
   Nov  THE TIGER AND THE HORSE  Robert Bolt
1971  Feb  SOMETHING TO HIDE  Leslie Sands
   May  RELATIVE VALUES  Noel Coward
   Oct  HALFWAY UP THE TREE  Peter Ustinov
1972  Feb  PERSON UNKNOWN  David Butler
   May  THE LION IN WINTER  James Goldman
   Oct  THE BREADWINNER  W.Somerset Maugham
1973  Feb  ALL MY SONS  Arthur Miller
   May  CANDIDA  George Bernard Shaw
   Oct  THE LINDEN TREE  J.B.Priestley
1974  Feb  BUSY BODY  Jack Popplewell
   May  VICEROY SARAH  Norman Ginsbury
   Oct  ROAR LIKE A DOVE  Lesley Storm
1975  Feb  SUDDENLY, AT HOME  Frances Durbridge
   May  THE CURIOUS SAVAGE  John Patrick
   Oct  DANGEROUS CORNER  J.B.Priestley
1976  Feb  THE VIGIL  Ladislas Fodor
   May  HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES  Alan Ayckbourn
   Oct  LLOYD GEORGE KNEW MY FATHER  W.Douglas Home
1977  Feb  HIS, HERS and THEIRS  Hugh and Margaret Williams
   May  ANASTASIA  Marcel Maurette
   Oct  NUDE WITH VIOLIN  Noel Coward
1978  Feb  THE GENTLE HOOK  Francis Durbridge
   May  CROWN MATRIMONIAL  Royce Ryton
   Nov  THE PAY-OFF  William Fairchild
1979  Feb  EVERY OTHER EVENING  Francois Campaux
   May  FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE  John Bowen
   Oct  ALL IN THE FAMILY  Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon
1980  Feb  DANDY DICK  A.W.Pinero
   May  THE CHERRY ORCHARD  Anton Checkov
   Oct  CAPTAIN CARVALLO (includes 600th performance)  Dennis Cannan
1981  Feb  CRITICS CHOICE  Ira Leven
   May  ARSENIC AND OLD LACE  Joseph Kesselring
   Oct  I HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE  J.B.Priestley
1982  Feb OUTSIDE EDGE  Richard Harris
   May  ARMS AND THE MAN  George Bernard Shaw
   Oct  SHUT YOUR EYES AND THINK OF ENGLAND  John Chapman and Anthony Marriott
1983  Feb  DINNER WITH THE FAMILY  Jean Anouilh
   May  A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS  Robert Bolt
   Oct  A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED  Agatha Christie
1984  Feb  WHEN WE ARE MARRIED  J.B.Priestley
   May  CAT'S CRADLE  Leslie Sands
   Oct  HARVEY  Mary Chase
1985  Feb  COAT OF VARNISH  Ronal Millar
   May  MOVING  Stanley Price
   Oct  IMPACT  Chase and Nield
1986  Feb  THE CIRCLE  Maugham
   May  TWO FACES OF MURDER  George Batson
   Oct  THE DON'T GROW ON TREES  Ronald Millar
1987  Feb  AN INSPECTOR CALLS  J.B.Priestley
   May  PACK OF LIES  Hugh Whitemore
   Oct  RELATIVE STRANGERS  Trevor Cowper
 1988  Feb  BEQUEST TO THE NATION  Rattigan
   May  LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME  Constance Cox
   Oct  WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY  Brian Clark
 1989  Feb  THE LIGHTS ARE WARM AND COLOURED  William Norfolk
   May  DEAD RINGER  Charles Ross
   Oct  THE HOLLY AND THE IVY  Wynyard Browne
 1990  Feb  TEN TIMES TABLE  Alan Ackbourn
   May  THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND  Tom Stoppard
   Nov  NIGHTMARE  Norman Robbins
 1991  Feb  THE SCOTTISH PLAY  Graham Holiday
   May  THE MILITANTS  Norman Holland
   Nov  PLAZA SUITE  Neil Simon
 1992  Feb  A MONTH OF SUNDAYS  Bob Larbey
   May  THE QUEENS HIGHLAND SERVANT  W.Douglas Home
   Nov  LABURNUM GROVE  J.B.Priestley
 1993  Feb  BREATH OF SPRING  Peter Coke
   May  THE NOBAL SPANIARD  Maugham
   Nov  THE CHALK OF ENGLAND  Enid Bagnold
 1994  Feb  BREATH OF SPRING  Peter Coke
   May  THE RIVALS  Sheridan
   Nov  HAY FEVER  Noel Coward
 1995  Feb  REBECCA  Du Maurier
   Jun  THE ROYAL BACCARAT SCANDAL  Royce Ryton
   Nov  OUT OF SIGHT ... OUT OF MURDER  Fred Carmichael
 1996  Feb  ANASTASIA  Marcel Maurette
   May  BEDROOM FARCE  Alan Ayckbourn
   Nov  IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY  Ray Cooney
 1997  Feb  HOME AT SEVEN  R.C.Sherriff
   May  BEST OF FRIENDS  Hugh Whitemore
   Nov  HOW THE OTHER HALF LOVES  Alan Ayckbourn
 1998  Feb  THE CURIOUS SAVAGE  John Patrick
   May  THE MAYERLING AFFAIR  R.F.Delderfield
   Nov  CANDIDA  George Bernard Shaw
 1999  Feb  BLITHE SPIRIT  Noel Coward
   May  THE FERNDALE AVENUE HOUSING ESTATE TOWNSWOMEN'S GUILD DRAMATIC SOC. MURDER MYSTERY  
   Nov  TRAP FOR A LONELY MAN  Robert Thomas
 2000  Feb  THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK  Goodrich and Hackett
   May  TABLE MANNERS  Alan Ayckbourn
   Nov  GASLIGHT  Patrick Hamilton
 2001  Feb  THE DRESSER  Ronald Harwood
   May  LETTICE AND LOVAGE  Peter Shaffer
   Nov  OUT OF ORDER  Ray Cooney
2002  Feb  WILL ANY GENTLEMAN  Vernon Sylvaine
   May  AMY'S VIEW  David Hare
   Nov  VISITING HOUR  Richard Harris
2003  Feb  HABEUS CORPUS  Alan Bennett
   May  THE DAY AFTER THE FAIR  Frank Harvey
   Nov  AN INSPECTOR CALLS  J.B.Priestley
2004  Feb  NIGHT MUST FALL  Emlyn Williams
   May  NIGHTMARE  Norman Robbins
   Nov  WHEN WE ARE MARRIED  J.B.Priestley
2005  Feb  THE HAPPY BREED  Noel Coward
   May  NOISES OFF  Michael Frayn
   Nov  STARGAZING  Jill Woods
2006  Feb  SEPARATE TABLES  Rattigan
   Jun  IT COULD BE ANY ONE OF US  Alan Ayckbourn
   Oct  SUMMER END  Eric Chappell
2007  Feb HOBSON’S CHOICE Harold Brighouse
    THIS HAPPY BREED Noel Coward
   Oct OVER MY DEAD BODY Derek Benfield
2008   RELATIVE VALUES Noel Coward
    NATURAL CAUSES Eric Chappell
    LORD ARTHUR SAVILE’S CRIME Constance Cox
2009   PACK OF LIES Hugh Whitemore
    OUTSIDE EDGE Richard Harris
    DEAD MAN’S HAND Seymour Mathhews
2010   IMPROBABLE FICTION Alan Ayckbourn
    THE WINSLOW BOY Terence Rattigan
2011   MAN OF THE MOMENT Alan Ayckbourn
    LADIES IN RETIREMENT Edward Percy & Reginald Denham
    DANCING AT LUGHNASA Brian Friel
2012   THE EDGE OF DARKNESS Brian Clemens
    DEAD RINGER Charles Ross
2013   MURDER FOR THE ASKING Derek Benfield
    WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION Agatha Christie
2014   NORTHANGER ABBEY Jane Austen
    BUSYBODY Jack Popplewell
2015   RELATIVELY SPEAKING Alan Ayckbourn
    TOM & VIV Michael Hastings
2016   AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Agatha Christie
    BOEING BOEING Marc Camoletti
2017   UNCLE VANYA Anton Chekov
    DON’T DRESS FOR DINNER Marc Camoletti
2018   DIAL ‘M’ FOR MURDER (won the Noda Best Play prize) Frederick Knott
2019 April YES, PRIME MINISTER (won the Noda Best Drama prize) Anthony Jay & Jonathan Lynn
  Oct  BEDROOM FARCE  Alan Ayckbourn
2020   No plays - Covid-19 Pandemic  
2021   No plays - Covid-19 Pandemic  
2022    Planning to do THE LADY KILLERS April 2022  
       

 

Our first ever show was in 1905 :-

1905 playbill

Between 1905 and 1924 the majority of the Club plays were performed in the Drill Hall, Brentwood (click here to see photo).