Estelle Shutkever

‘Estelle has always called herself a farmer’s wife, and was as much at home with the sheep and the cows as she is on stage.

Starting her theatrical career at the tender age of eight as a sceneshifter in a school production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.  Her first play with Wythall was back in 1959 in ‘Random Harvest’.

Estelle is a true performer in the society and has enriched many of Wythall’s productions.  One of Estelle’s early roles was in ‘St. Joan’ and she certainly made an impression – highlighted in the following review (Local Paper September 1962):

“Perhaps some of the players were a trifle overawed at appearing such reverential surroundings. But this was certainly not true of Estelle Shutkever, who played St. Joan.  Hers was a towering performance, one of rare sensitivity and comprehension of all that the part called for.  She played the 19-year-old Maid of Orleans as though she were a saint on earth.

The power with which she interpreted her role drove hard at the crux of the play: drawing on a vivid contrast between the godliness of this young girl and the fear-provoked attitude of the Church who must burn her at the stake because they sub-consciously see in her everything they should be but are not.”

Nevertheless, Estelle is as much at home playing comedy, as she is straight. During her time at Wythall she has played:  Madame Arcati in ‘Blithe Spirit’, Emma Hornet in ‘Sailor Beware’, Sybil in ‘Separate Tables’, Madam Kapeck in ‘Bitter Sanctuary’ and the sinister psychic Helag Ten Dorp in ‘Death Trap’… and the list goes on.

A review from a Local Paper in 1963 especially noted Estelle’s performance in the comedy ‘Simon and Laura’:

“The actress who appeared to appreciate fully the humorous intentions of the playwright was Estelle Shutkever with her business like presentation of Janet Honeyman, a BBC scriptwriter.”

Estelle also performs in other companies and is very much in demand. Her skills are not just confined to onstage work, as she is keen to lend a hand to any other task that would aid the smooth running of a production. The company very much appreciate the work that Estelle does.

Estelle’s other roles for the Company show her to be as versatile as ever.  She played the indomitable Mrs Hinson in the 2002 production of ‘Party Piece’ and skillfully played Ida in 2006 production of ‘Cemetery Club’.

Again in 2006, Estelle gave a brilliant performance in Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime.  She played the part of the slightly eccentric Lady Clementina Beauchamp. Interestingly, Estelle also appeared in the 1970’s production of the play as Lady Windermere.

Estelle’s more recent and brilliant performances for Wythall include:  Letty Blacklock in our fantastic production of ‘A Murder is Announced’ (November 2007), as Ouiser in ‘Steel Magnolias’ (May 2009) and Mrs Cropley in ‘Vicar of Dibley’ (May 2015).  Estelle skillfully portrayed Ouiser as outwardly curmodgeonly but inwardly sensitive and caring:

“Estelle Shutkever’s wonderful softening of Ouiser throughout the performance was brought to fruition.”

Estelle was the Chairperson of the society (1991 to 1993) and provided support for all members through this role.

As Director


1991
Seasons Greetings
Assistant Director


1977
Edward and George
Director


1970
Wild Goose Chase
Director

As Director

1991 Seasons Greetings
Role : Assistant Director

1977 Edward and George
Role : Director

1970 Wild Goose Chase
Role : Director

As Cast


2017
Dig for Vengeance
Mo Mole (Cleaner)


2017
Gym & Tonic
Gertrude Tate


2017
Gym & Tonic
Maggie


2016
Blame it on the Black and Decker
Grandmother / Mother


2015
The Vicar of Dibley
Letitia Cropley


2013
Dad’s Army
Townsfolk


2011
Murdered to Death
Joan Maple


2009
Steel Magnolias
Ouiser


2007
A Murder is Announced
Letitia Blacklock


2006
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Lady Clementina Beauchamp


2002
Party Piece
Mrs Hinson


2001
Blood Money
Voice


2001
Too Long an Autumn
Maisie May


1999
Cash On Delivery
Ms Cowper


1998
Deadly Nightcap
Lucy Baker


1998
Move Over Mrs Markham (1998)
Olive Harriet Smythe


1996
Two Into One
Lily Chatterton


1994
Rose
Mother


1994
Steel Magnolias
Truvy Jones


1993
Death Trap
Helga Ten Doorp


1991
Sailor Beware
Emma Hornet


1991
Bitter Sanctuary
Mme Kapek


1990
House Guest
Stella Drury


1989
Habeus Corpus
Muriel Wicksteed

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1988
Local Affairs
Mrs Hinson


1987
Farndale MacBeth
Mrs Reece


1986
Sorry Wrong Number (1986)
Mrs Stevenson


1985
Festival Choice
Emma Forty, his wife


1985
Low Comedy Women
Emma Forty, his wife


1985
Outside Edge
Miriam


1984
Bonadventure
Sister Mary Bonaventure


1984
Equal Terms
Mary


1983
Happiest Days of Your Life (1983)
Miss Evelyn Whitchurch


1983
Curtain at 8 (1983)
Reverend Mother


1983
Curtain at 8 (1983)
Reverend Mother


1983
Curtain at 8 (1983)
Allsorts/Mixed Nuts


1983
Untimely Ripp’d
Reverend Mother


1983
Time To Kill
Maggie Parkes


1982
A Tomb with a View
Emily Tomb


1982
Portrait of Murder
Secretary


1981
Basinful of Briny
Mrs Austin


1981
Sorry Wrong Number (1981)
Mrs Stevenson


1981
Post Horn Gallop
Miss Partridge


1981
Night Watch
Blanche Cooke


1980
Bedtime Stories
Mrs Stevenson


1980
Breath of Spring
Miss Nanette Parry (Nan)


1979
The Militants
Lilian Malin


1978
I’ll Get My Man
Winifred Barrington-Loke


1978
The Enquiry
Laura Fenn


1978
Plaza Suite
Muriel Tate


1977
Edward and George
Old Nell


1976
Stringer’s Last Stand
Marjorie Mather


1975
Busy Body
Mrs Piper


1975
The Hollow
Lady Angkatell


1974
Semi-Detached
Hilda


1973
The Boyfriend
Madam Dubonnet


1973
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Lady Windermere


1973
Night of January 16th
Karen Andre


1972
Book of The Month
Joanna, his wife


1972
Free As Air
Miss Catamole


1971
Seperate Tables
Sybil Railton-Bell


1971
Blithe Spirit
Madame Arcarti


1970
Sabrina Fair
Julia Ward McKinlock


1969
Rock-A-Bye Sailor
Emma Hornett


1968
Tabitha
Mrs Ruth Prendergast


1968
Dear Octopus
Hilda Randolph


1968
Six of the Best
Ada Heep


1967
A Letter From The General
Sister Henry


1967
When We Are Married
Clara Soppitt


1966
The Corn is Green
Bessie Watty


1966
Sailor Beware
Emma Hornett


1965
Shop at Sly Corner
Joan Deal


1965
Doctor in the House
Vera, A Lady-In-Waiting


1964
White Sheep of the Family
Pat Winter, His Daughter


1964
Pillar to Post
Mabel Drinkwater


1963
Present Laughter
Miss Erikson


1962
Simon & Laura
Janet Honeyman, A Script-Writer


1962
Curious Savage (1962)
Fairy May

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1960
Blue Goose
Mrs Portal

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1959
Random Harvest
Unknown

As Cast

2017 Dig for Vengeance
Role : Mo Mole

2017 Dig for Vengeance
Role : Mo Mole (Cleaner)

2017 Gym & Tonic
Role : Gertrude Tate

2017 Gym & Tonic
Role : Maggie

2016 Blame it on the Black and Decker
Role : Grandmother / Mother

2015 The Vicar of Dibley
Role : Letitia Cropley

2014 It Runs in the Family
Role : Mother

2013 Dad’s Army
Role : Townsfolk

2012 A Kiss on the Bottom
Role : Lucy

2011 Murdered to Death
Role : Joan Maple

2009 Steel Magnolias
Role : Ouiser

2008 Golden Jubilee Celebrations
Role : Contributor

2007 A Murder is Announced
Role : Letitia Blacklock

2006 Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Role : Lady Clementina Beauchamp

2006 Cemetery Club
Role : Ida

2002 Curious Savage (2002)
Role : Ethel

2002 Party Piece
Role : Mrs Hinson

2001 Blood Money
Role : Voice

2001 Too Long an Autumn
Role : Maisie May

2000 Straight and Narrow
Role : Vera

1999 Cash On Delivery
Role : Ms Cowper

1999 A Chorus of Disapproval
Role : Moira

1998 Deadly Nightcap
Role : Lucy Baker

1998 Move Over Mrs Markham (1998)
Role : Olive Harriet Smythe

1997 The Haunted Through Lounge…
Role : Mrs Reece

1996 Two Into One
Role : Lily Chatterton

1994 Rose
Role : Mother

1994 Steel Magnolias
Role : Truvy Jones

1993 Death Trap
Role : Helga Ten Doorp

1991 Sailor Beware
Role : Emma Hornet

1991 Bitter Sanctuary
Role : Mme Kapek

1990 House Guest
Role : Stella Drury

1990 Dennis and the Donkey
Role : Nanny

1989 Habeus Corpus
Role : Muriel Wicksteed

1989 An Olde Tyme Music Hall
Role : Performer

1988 Local Affairs
Role : Mrs Hinson

1988 Old Time Music Hall (1988)
Role : Performer

1987 Farndale MacBeth
Role : Mrs Reece

1987 Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Role : Miss Mackay

1987 Night of January 16th (1987)
Role : Karen Andre

1986 Sorry Wrong Number (1986)
Role : Mrs Stevenson

1985 Festival Choice
Role : Mary

1985 Festival Choice
Role : Emma Forty, his wife

1985 Low Comedy Women
Role : Emma Forty, his wife

1985 Outside Edge
Role : Miriam

1984 Bonadventure
Role : Sister Mary Bonaventure

1984 Equal Terms
Role : Mary

1983 Happiest Days of Your Life (1983)
Role : Miss Evelyn Whitchurch

1983 Curtain at 8 (1983)
Role : Reverend Mother

1983 Curtain at 8 (1983)
Role : Reverend Mother

1983 Curtain at 8 (1983)
Role : Allsorts/Mixed Nuts

1983 Untimely Ripp’d
Role : Reverend Mother

1983 Time To Kill
Role : Maggie Parkes

1982 A Tomb with a View
Role : Emily Tomb

1982 Portrait of Murder
Role : Secretary

1981 Basinful of Briny
Role : Mrs Austin

1981 Sorry Wrong Number (1981)
Role : Mrs Stevenson

1981 Post Horn Gallop
Role : Miss Partridge

1981 Night Watch
Role : Blanche Cooke

1980 Bedtime Stories
Role : Mrs Stevenson

1980 Breath of Spring
Role : Miss Nanette Parry (Nan)

1979 The Militants
Role : Lilian Malin

1979 The Murder of Maria Marten
Role : Mrs Marten

1978 I’ll Get My Man
Role : Winifred Barrington-Loke

1978 The Enquiry
Role : Laura Fenn

1978 Plaza Suite
Role : Muriel Tate

1977 Edward and George
Role : Old Nell

1976 Let’s All Go Down The Strand
Role : Rose Craig

1976 Stringer’s Last Stand
Role : Marjorie Mather

1975 Busy Body
Role : Mrs Piper

1975 The Hollow
Role : Lady Angkatell

1974 Semi-Detached
Role : Hilda

1973 The Boyfriend
Role : Madam Dubonnet

1973 Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime
Role : Lady Windermere

1973 Night of January 16th
Role : Karen Andre

1972 Book of The Month
Role : Joanna, his wife

1972 Free As Air
Role : Miss Catamole

1971 Seperate Tables
Role : Sybil Railton-Bell

1971 Blithe Spirit
Role : Madame Arcarti

1970 Sabrina Fair
Role : Julia Ward McKinlock

1969 Rock-A-Bye Sailor
Role : Emma Hornett

1968 Tabitha
Role : Mrs Ruth Prendergast

1968 Dear Octopus
Role : Hilda Randolph

1968 Six of the Best
Role : Ada Heep

1967 A Letter From The General
Role : Sister Henry

1967 Happiest Days of Your Life (1967)
Role : Miss Whitchurch

1967 When We Are Married
Role : Clara Soppitt

1966 The Corn is Green
Role : Bessie Watty

1966 Sailor Beware
Role : Emma Hornett

1965 Shop at Sly Corner
Role : Joan Deal

1965 Doctor in the House
Role : Vera, A Lady-In-Waiting

1964 White Sheep of the Family
Role : Pat Winter, His Daughter

1964 Pillar to Post
Role : Mabel Drinkwater

1963 Present Laughter
Role : Miss Erikson

1962 Simon & Laura
Role : Janet Honeyman, A Script-Writer

1962 The Trial of Joan of Arc
Role : Joan

1962 Curious Savage (1962)
Role : Fairy May

1961 As Long As They’re Happy
Role : Gwendoline

1960 Blue Goose
Role : Mrs Portal

1959 Random Harvest
Role : Unknown

As Crew


2019
Side Effects
Front of House


2015
Season’s Greetings
Front of House


2015
The Vicar of Dibley
Ticket Sales


2014
Boeing Boeing
Front of House


2014
It Runs in the Family
Ticket Sales


2013
Nobody’s Perfect
Front of House


2013
Nobody’s Perfect
Ticket Sales


2012
And Then There Were None
Crew/Front of House


2010
The Flint Street Nativity
Front of House


2009
Time of My Life
Properties


2009
Time of My Life
Front of House


2008
Run For Your Wife
Production Assistant


2008
Journey’s End
Ticket Secretary


2007
The Dresser
Properties


2006
Blue Remembered Hills
Ticket Secretary


2006
Blue Remembered Hills
Production Assistance


2005
Kindly Keep It Covered
Front of House


2005
Lost in Yonkers
Front of House


2004
Memory of Water
Prompt


2003
Silly Cow
Other Crew


2001
Blood Money
Stage Crew


1994
Confusions
Production Assistant


1993
Alfie
House Manager


1970
Brush With A Body
Properties


1961
Candied Peel
Prompt

As Crew

2019 Side Effects
Front of House

2015 Season’s Greetings
Front of House

2015 The Vicar of Dibley
Ticket Sales

2014 Boeing Boeing
Front of House

2014 It Runs in the Family
Ticket Sales

2013 Nobody’s Perfect
Front of House

2013 Nobody’s Perfect
Ticket Sales

2012 And Then There Were None
Crew/Front of House

2010 The Flint Street Nativity
Front of House

2009 Time of My Life
Properties

2009 Time of My Life
Front of House

2008 Run For Your Wife
Production Assistant

2008 Journey’s End
Ticket Secretary

2007 The Dresser
Properties

2006 Blue Remembered Hills
Ticket Secretary

2006 Blue Remembered Hills
Production Assistance

2005 Kindly Keep It Covered
Front of House

2005 Lost in Yonkers
Front of House

2004 Memory of Water
Prompt

2003 Silly Cow
Other Crew

2001 Blood Money
Stage Crew

1994 Confusions
Production Assistant

1993 Alfie
House Manager

1970 Brush With A Body
Properties

1961 Candied Peel
Prompt