Shut Your Eyes and Think of England

Venue : Redditch Palace Theatre

Date : November 2004

Genre : Face

Director

Ted Rodgers

Director

Cast

Paul Hughes

His highness Sheik Murami

Adam Lee

Sir Justin Holbrook

Joy Rodgers

Lady Holbrook

David Key

Arthur Pullen

Sue George

Mrs Joyce Pullen

Beccy Key

Stella Richards

Mike Beamish

The Rt Hon Sir Fredrick Goodhurst

Ed Parrott

Mr Rubenstein

Peter Round

Dr Cornish

Crew

John Nolan

Set Design

Peter Round

Stage Manager

Anne Cherry

Properties

Jenny Theakston

Properties

Elizabeth Round

Properties

Beccy Key

Photographs

Crew

John Nolan

Set Design

Peter Round

Stage Manager

Anne Cherry

Properties

Jenny Theakston

Properties

Elizabeth Round

Properties

Beccy Key

Photographs

Production Gallery

Reviews

Overview

When Mr Pullen turns up for work on a Saturday morning to finish the company’s audit he discovers his boss, Sir Justin Holbrook, in the penthouse flat with a high class call girl. With the unexpected arrival of Lady Holbrook, her husband passes the girl off as 'the second Mrs Pullen.'

Add to an already confused situation the arrival of the real Mrs Pullen, a rich Arab Sheik who has a business agreement vital to England to sign and numerous other people. It is not long before things rapidly get out of hand leading to an impenetrable maze of confused identities, resulting eventually in Mrs Pullen going off with the Sheik, and Mrs Pullen taking over the identity of his boss Sir Justin Holbrook.

Paul Hughes, Various


Wythall Theatre Company high jinks...

Wythall Theatre Company high jinks in high places in the world of high finances. The details don’t matter when the action offers so many chuckles to the onlooker.

John Chapman and Anthony Marriott have written a comedy brimming with characters and contretemps. There were one or two first night uncertainties, but in general Ted Rodger’s production is slick and persuasive.

Paul Hughes, as a lustful sheikh, Sue Lister, as a little mouse of a wife, and David Key, as the accountant inextricably entangled in the wayward sex life of his friend, are outstanding in a company without a weak link.

Adam Lee is the high roller with a roving eye and a tendency to blackout intermittently, with Joy Rodgers as the wife who turns up unexpectedly and Beccy Key as the high-rise tart with the high-rise hem line.

Everybody pitches in uninhibitedly. It is good fun.

John Slim, Evening Mail, Friday November 12, 2004