THARK PARK THEATRE CAST

This time it is Cherry, who has escaped along the balcony from the adjoining bedroom, where she was disturbed by a mysterious figure. The company’s collective jitters are made worse when Death appears, at his most doom-laden see image, above. Read more theatre reviews. Benbow declares the opening door to have been nothing but the wind and imagination; Mrs Frush claims that it proves her case. And the play becomes wonderfully funny in the second half when the characters repair to a haunted house in the country and Ronny and his Uncle have to share a bed together to see if there really is a ghost hanging around the place. To show she is wrong Benbow and Ronnie — the former with a false air of bravado, and the latter frankly terrified — agree to sleep in the haunted room. He stealthily moves to the window.

There is a gem of a performance, too, from Andrew Jarvis as the creepy butler in the haunted house who rejoices in the name of Death and has an extraordinary repertoire of groans, sighs and sudden disconcerting hisses. Owing to a misunderstanding with his butler, Hook, and maid, Warner, Benbow has two conflicting dinner dates. Benbow is the legal guardian of Kitty Stratton. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. They all stand aghast. He was making up the bed in Benbow’s room when the door opened and shut mysteriously and he thought he saw a flitting figure.

He is alone in the room when Cherry is announced.

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Mrs Frush’s son Lionel falls for Tjark, exchanges thagk banter with Ronny, and rushes off to buy flowers for Kitty. Benbow is the legal guardian of Kitty Stratton.

Ronny sends Hook to bring Cherry back to the flat to explain to Kitty that Ronny is innocent. The Times praised the performances but thought the play too unsubstantial to be wholly satisfactory, although it found it “full of entertaining fragments”. Views Read Edit View history. One is with Mrs Frush, who is now unhappy about buying the house; the other is with Cherry Buck, a young woman on whom Benbow’s roving eye has lighted. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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Ronny, who has been allotted the supposedly haunted bedroom, happily agrees that Whittle can stay there overnight, but Benbow is hostile to anything paark to perpetuate the idea of a resident ghost, and he throws Whittle out.

Kitty is not pleased to find Cherry alone with Ronny, and neither is Lionel, but they accept Ronny’s explanation. Benbow, armed, goes to investigate. Thark is a farce by the English playwright Ben Travers. Ralph Lynn”, The Times10 Augustp.

Lionel and Cherry creep in. Walls assembled a regular company of actors to fill the supporting roles, including Robertson Harewho played a figure of put-upon respectability; Mary Brough in eccentric old lady roles; Ethel Coleridge as the severe voice of authority; Winifred Shotter as the sprightly young female lead; and the saturnine Gordon James.

Owing to a misunderstanding with his butler, Hook, and maid, Warner, Benbow has two conflicting dinner dates. And the play becomes wonderfully funny in the second half when the characters repair to a haunted house in the country and Ronny and his Uncle have to share a bed together to see if there really is a ghost hanging around the place.

Ronny insists on accompanying her. As he opens the curtains there is an enormous clap of thunder, pictures are blown off the walls, and a huge branch of a tree falls through the window-panes. Travers, in contrast, though less dazzling when it comes to plotting, brings a dotty warmth to the stage in this play which puts one in mind of PG Wodehouse. Ronny resourcefully makes out that he is taking Mrs Frush to dinner on behalf of Sir Hector.

Benbow pooh-poohs his terror, but both are unnerved when the door again opens slowly. The company’s collective jitters are made worse when Death appears, at his most doom-laden see image, above. The first was in ; [12] the second, inwas played by Brian Rix ‘s Whitehall company.

The piece opened on 4 July and ran for nearly a year. This time it is Cherry, who has escaped along the balcony from the adjoining bedroom, where she was disturbed by a mysterious figure. It is fascinating to compare the two. Sunday 24 February Read more theatre reviews. Theatrf show she is wrong Benbow and Ronnie — the former with a false air of bravado, and the latter frankly terrified — agree to sleep in the haunted room.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. They have arrived by car, and do not know which bedrooms have been allotted to them. Lionel has announced to his mother his intention of returning to Thark that evening. Travers made a film adaptation, which Walls directed inwith most of the leading members of the stage cast reprising their roles. Ronny is so distraught that he accidentally knocks over a gong, rousing the whole household. Uncle and nephew are interrupted by the entrance of Whittle, an investigative journalist eager to pursue the story of the haunted house.

Benbow and Thxrk are drinking port after a good dinner. Cherry returns, but in exonerating Ronny she necessarily incriminates Sir Hector.

Even in this adapted version of the play by Clive Francis, the plot creaks a bit but the silly ass crosstalk routines are a delight. There is a gem of theattre performance, too, from Andrew Jarvis as the creepy butler in the haunted house who rejoices in the name of Death and has an extraordinary repertoire of groans, sighs and sudden disconcerting hisses.

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Death asks them, “What time would you like your call? Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Kitty, conscience-stricken, offers to go to Thark to investigate the supposed ghost. They withdraw, closing the door with a click that wakes Ronny from an uneasy sleep. Mrs Frush arrives and complains to Benbow that she casf bought the house without being warned that it is haunted.

These are happy days for farce fanciers.

Despite the occasional creaks in the exposition, this farcical comedy provides moments of unalloyed comic joy. Thark was Travers’s third playscript for the company, and his first original plot, following two earlier adaptations from his novels.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.