The Workhouse Donkey

by John Arden
Directed by Stuart Burge

The National Theatre

Chichester Festival Theatre.
World Premiere
First performance 8th July
1963

  • ALDERMAN BOOCOCK, the Mayor ... Dudley Foster
    MRS. BOOCOCK, the Mayoress ... Fay Compton
    ALDERMAN BUTTERTHWATTE. his friend and Ex-Mayor ... Frank Finlay
    HOPBFAST, Borough Councillor ... Peter Russel
    HARDNUTT, Borough Councillor ... Harry Lomax
    HICKLETON, Borough Councillor ... Peter O'Shaughnessy
    ALDERMAN SIR HAROLD SWEETMAN, a wealthy brewer ... Martin Boddey
    LADY SWEETMAN, his wife ... Alison Leggatt
    MAURICE SWEETMAN, his son ... Jeremy Brett
    F. J., his friend : Industrialist and Borough Councillor ... Peter Cellier
    COLONEL FENG, Chief Constable ... Anthony Nicholls
    SUPERINTENDENT WIPER ... Robert Stephens
    SERGEANT LUMBER ... Robert Lang
    P.C. LIVERSEDGE ... Derek Jacobi
    P.C. LEFTWICH, retired from active duty ... Keith Marsh
    TWO POLICEMEN ... Terence Knapp, Raymond Clarke
    Dr. WELLINGTON BLOMAX, a physician ... Norman Rossington
    WELLESLEY, his daughter ... Mary Miller
    GLORIA, Manageress of the Copacabana Club ... Marion Mathie
    STONE MASONS ... Michael Turner, Michael Rothwell
    GUESTS, at the Sweetman's ... Raymond Clarke, Rowena Cooper, Marika Mann. Jean Rogers
    MAID, at the Sweetman's ... Louise Purnell
    LANDLORD, of the Victoria & Albert ... Dan Meaden
    BARMAID ... Elizabeth Burger
    ASSISTANT BAR BOY ... John Rogers
    DRINKERS ... Reginald Green, Terence Knapp, Michael Rothwell, Michael Turner
    NURSE Rowena Cooper
    DOORMAN, HOSTESS, BUNNIES, DANCERS, SPECIALITY NUMBERS ... Terence Knapp, Irene Sutcliffe, Rowena Cooper, Marika Mann, Elizabeth Burger, Rowena Cooper, Jeanne Hepple. Louise Purnell, Jean Rogers, Michael. Rothwell. Jeanette Landis
    JOURNALISTS Richard Hampton, Michael Rothwell, Michael Turner
    PARK ATTENDANT ... Reginald Green
    LOVERS ... John Rogers, Louise Purnell
    WAITRESS, in a Tea shop ... Jeanne Hepple
    DEMONSTRATORS ... Elizabeth Burger, Reginald Green, Jeanne Hepple, Jeanette Landis, Michael Rothwell