Our production at Crosby Civic Hall on Thur/Fri/Sat 13/14/15 March, 2003 was

Saving Ardley

in aid of the world Wildlife Fund's Global Applause 2000 Appeal.

The play is a comedy revolving around an old, but once truly majestic, stately home, which is facing impending doom. The World Wildlife Fund commissioned leading playwright Tudor Gates to create this exciting new comedy especially for amateur dramatic groups around the world to perform. Tudor Gates is the author of the famous Ladies Who Lunch and Who Killed Agatha Christie.

Produced by Esther Matthews, the cast was follows:

  • Lucy, Lady Ardley played by Margaret Chambers

  • Cyril Morton, her Butler played by Gordon Craig

  • Lady Selina, her Daughter played by Wendy Stone

  • Mrs Simmons, the Housekeeper played by Aileen Ward

  • E.J. Scott, a Company Director played by Bob Stone

  • Miss Pomfret, An Entomologist played by Hilary Turner

Link to photos of the Lucilla production of Saving Ardley


Good news for animal lovers! A chance to help the World Wildlife Fund presented itself in March, when Crosby's Lucilla Dramatic Society joined with WWF and Amateur Stage magazine under the banner of Global Applause 2002, to present "Saving Ardley", a light-hearted play with a surprise ending.

Specially commissioned by WWF, the play, by well-known writer Tudor Gates is being performed by amateur drama groups all over the world between September 2002 and May 2003 to raise funds for the organisation, and tells how a crumbling stately home is saved from the bulldozers in an unexpected way. While not expecting groups to donate all their takings, WWF does ask them to sell a specially designed souvenir brochure, price 2.50, at all performances. Proceeds from these sales go entirely to WWF, and the brochures can also be purchased separately.

Lucilla Dramatic Society, Crosby's longest-established drama company, was pleased to be associated with this global initiative, as yet another aspect of its charitable activities. Over the years - it was founded in 1920 - the society has helped many local and national charities and last year held a Benefit Night for the Radio Merseyside Charitable Trust with a performance of "On Golden Pond".

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