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Adapted by Rodney Ackland from a short story by W. Somerset Maugham

Directed by Valerie Clarke
February 9, 10 & 11, 2012

Laura Skinner Emma Kimsey
David Marshall Ritchard Tysoe
Kathleen Skinner Sue Worker
Susan Skinner Charlotte Kimsey
Blanche Skinner Estelle Dunham
Aubrey Skinner Malcolm Bentote
Nanny Barbara Williams

Location: The entire action takes place in the late 1940s, in the bedroom or Laura Skinner.

Programme Notes       [ Photographs ]

The Author - William Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born in the British Embassy in Paris on 25th December 1874 but was orphaned at the age of ten and sent to live with his aunt and uncle in Kent. Although bullied at school in his early years, he was a good scholar and studied medicine at the Royal College of Physicians, London. However, he never practiced medicine but turned to writing, publishing his first novel in 1897. Maugham immersed himself in writing and by the end of 1908 had four plays running in London. He went on to write 'The Circle' and 'The Constant Wife'. His first successful novel was 'Of Human Bondage', published in 1915 and his eleven subsequent novels include 'The Moon and Sixpence' and 'Cakes and Ale'.

During the First World War, Maugham worked withn the American Volunteer Motor Ambulance Corps. In 1928 he moved permantly to the French Riviera and wrote numerous essays and short stories until he died in Nice in 1965. Maugham received many awards during his lifetime and in 1947 he instituted the Somerset Maugham Awards for the encouragement and support of British writers.