The printed programmes provided to audiences have advanced over the years and more recently
have of course, been produced on a computer. The latest system uses Adobe Acrobat PDF format
which is very suitable for viewing via a website. (All that is needed is the freely
available Adobe Acrobat Reader programme.)
One of these programmes ("Bedroom Farce") PDF file has been
made available and can be viewed by clicking on a link on the
programme cast page. It is to the right of the usual link to
It is possible, with a bit of effort, to create PDF files by scanning printed material and
presenting them as images. Although not practicable to do this for the almost two hundred
printed programmes we have available, it was thought reasonable to do so for a few programmes
that show their development through the years.
The first programmes were typed on sheets of 8" x 6 1/2" (or 10") coloured paper with the
invitation/ticket attached. As an example you can see the programme for the very first
production in February 1948, "School For Scandal".
In May 1963 a cover with comedy & tragedy masks was introduced.
See "Emma". This was superseded
by a more formal cover in November 1964 "Mansfield Park".
Programmes then changed little except that in February 1990, covers with a picture drawn by
Beryl Orders became the norm. See "Hans Andersen" cover.
From February 1994 the masters were produced on a word processor but the layout remained the same
with the cover still a separate sheet enclosing the programme.
See "Sweeney Todd". Starting with "Confusions" (May 2004) the cover
picture was scanned and became part of the word processor file. This made it easy to use the other,
previously blank, "pages". Occasionally photographs were included in the programme. See
The first change in covers was October, 2009. See "Jane Eyre"
cover. This was followed immediately ("Curtain Up on Murder") by full production in PDF format
and printed in colour. See "Bedroom Farce".
We will, when possible, include this feature for future programmes.