“Ladies in Retirement” by Edward Percy & Reginald Denham – November 2023

Directed by Ian Carr

Production Manager Jeremy Bryant

The Cast (in order of appearance)

                        Lucy Gilham Emma Findlay
                        Leonora Fiske Astrid Moules
                        Ellen Creed Sue Terry
                        Albert Feather Tom Spencer
                        Louisa Creed Enid Patrick
                        Emily Creed Tina Warrington
                        Sister Theresa Annie Sanders
                        Bates Jon Jones


Based on a famous 19th century murder, Ladies in Retirement is arguably the finest stage thriller ever written, one which continues to chill and excite audiences.
In a remote house on the marches of the Thames estuary, Leonora Fiske, an ex-actress lives with her companion Ellen Creed. When Ellen's two elderly sisters visit to escape the London blitz, there is little to suggest what lies ahead as the eccentric guests make themselves at home. Leonora's patience wears thin, requesting that they leave, but after a bitter row it is Leonora who vanishes. The arrival of the Creed sister's nephew Albert, on the run from the police, only adds to the mystery and suspense. As Albert gradually pieces together the series of events, he must hope that the eerie moonlit pantomime murder he stages, to trap the murderer, succeeds before he becomes the next victim.

Act One
Scene One           A June morning 1940
Scene Two          An afternoon the following September
Scene Three       Late afternoon, a week later
Scene Four         A Saturday night in mid-November
INTERVAL - 20 minutes
Act Two
Scene One          Sunday morning
Scene Two         The following Wednesday night
Scene Three      Thursday morning

The Production Team

Stage Manager Bob Terry
Prompt Astrid Moules & Ian Carr
Properties Annie Sanders
Sound Richard Stanway
Lighting Richard Lewin
Set Design Ian Carr
Set Construction & Painting Fred Eite, Dave Spencer & Group Members
Poster & Programme Design Kate Cox
Publicity Jon Jones
Ticket Sales Christine Harbidge
Front of House Christine Harbidge & Group Members
Refreshments Sue Terry & Group Members
Costumes Little Theatre, Leicester
Photography Jeremy Bryant