May/June 2006

Brideshead Revisited
by Evelyn Waugh

adapted for the stage
by Roger Parsley





Directed by
Karen Ashton


Ambitious project pays off
Dunmow Observer

Challenge met
with supreme confidence
Braintree & Witham Times


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Brideshead Revisited is a satirical study by Evelyn Waugh of a doomed aristocratic Catholic family, its descent into degeneracy and subsequent redemption through the workings of providence and recovery of faith. It tells the story of Charles Ryder's infatuation with the Flyte family and the rapidly disappearing world of privilege they inhabit.



Charles Ryder tells his father of his financial problems at Oxford University.



Charles meets his friend Sebastian Flyte and sister Julia at Brideshead.



Charles and Sebastian enjoy lunch on the roof of Brideshead castle.



They are disturbed by Sebastian's brother Brideshead and sister Cordelia.



Charles and Sebastian go to Venice to meet Lord Marchmain.



Lord Marchmain's lover Cara arrives.



Julia introduces her fiancé Rex Mottram.



Charles, Sebastian and their friend Boy Mulcaster at a nightclub with Effie, one of the hostesses.



Charles meets Lady Marchmain.



Mr Samgrass shows photographs of his trip to the Levant with Sebastian.



Sebastian enters drunk, to the disdain of the family.



Charles paints in his Paris studio.



Charles travels to Fez looking for Sebastian.
He finds Kurt living with him.



Charles sees Sebastian, who is very ill, for the last time.



On his return from New York, Charles sees Julia who, unknown to him, is on the same ship.

She seduces him.



At a private view of his Latin American work, Charles bumps into Anthony Blanche.



Cara and Cordelia bring Lord Marchmain.  He is near to death.

Cast

CHARLES RYDER:
SEBASTIAN FLYTE:
HOOPER/ BRIDESHEAD/ BOY MULCASTER:
MR RYDER/ FATHER PHIPPS:
ANTHONY BLANCHE/ KURT:
JASPER/ MR SAMGRASS:
LORD MARCHMAIN:
REX MOTTRAM:
JULIA FLYTE:
LADY MARCHMAIN:
CORDELIA FLYTE/ CELIA RYDER:
CARA/ EFFIE:
NANNY HAWKINS:

      Nigel Smith
      Adam Thompson
      Steve Bradley
      James Rawes
      David Bone
      Adrian Hoodless
      Peter Nicholson
      Andy Jameson
      Carol Parradine
      Jan Ford
      Lynda Shelverton
      Marcia Baldry
      Jan Mitchell