DIRECTED by Mike Reed

Thursday 20th - Saturday 22nd October 2005
Performance times: 19:45
Sat 22ndMatinee: 15:00

in the Main Auditorum at the Kenneth More Theatre

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Matcham   Bob Hutt
Betsy [maid]   Becky Brown
Katherine Matcham   Melissa Quinn
George   Oliver Boulton
Emily [Frances Nelson's maid]   Juliette Boulton
Nelson   Sean Wilkinson
Francesca [maid]   Allison Fingerhutt
Emma Hamilton   Helen Greenhall
Footman   Peter Wilson
Maid   Joy Wilkinson
Lord Minto   Julian White
Hardy   Eugene Smith
William Nelson   Bill Stansfield
Sarah   Eileen Staples
Blackwood   Richard Ellworthy
Stage Manager   Carrie Beeson
Prompt   Dorrie Atkinson
Technical Director and Lighting   Graham Wilson
Props   Phyllis Spencer

The Battle of Trafalgar

October 21st 1805

To mark the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory at the battle of Trafalgar the Wanstead Players will be presenting Terence Rattigan’s play ‘Bequest to the Nation’ at the Kenneth More theatre, Ilford, from Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd October.

‘Bequest to the Nation’ is a superbly crafted play by one of Britain’s major playwrights. Set in London in the days immediately preceding Nelson’s departure for Cadiz and the confrontation with the French and Spanish fleets off Cape Trafalgar – a confrontation which resulted in an historic victory but Nelson’s own death – the play traces the final days spent with his mistress Emma Hamilton. It deals with the censure by his family and the naval authorities, of his relationship with Emma and the conflict between his desire to remain with her and the call to respond to a unique opportunity to inflict a final defeat on the enemy fleet.

Terence Rattigan has written an intensely human play; a play written with historical accuracy and which paints a fascinating portrait of Nelson both as an extraordinary hero and as a man with weaknesses common to all men.

200 years on ‘Bequest to the Nation’ is an opportunity to look afresh at the man who stands at the top of the monument in Trafalgar Square.

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