Copthorne Players’ latest offering is the classic JB
Priestly comedy, When We Are Married. Audiences
will remember with pleasure the last Priestly play we
did, that old favourite An Inspector Calls, but this an
altogether different – and funny – play.
Three happily married couples. Sure Joe and Albert
are a bit conceited, maybe a bit overbearing the
way that men are, maybe Clara does henpeck her
spouse a bit, maybe their other halves are a bit
trapped, a bit put upon, but hey, this is a celebration
of twenty five year of marriage. But then maybe Fate
will take a hand and give them all a second chance.
When We Are Married may be less well known
but has hardly been off the stage since it was first
produced back in 1938. Its last West End outing
was at the Garrick Theatre in 2011 but it’s been
a film, produced by the BBC at least three times
and employed such stars as Maureen Lipman,
Peter Vaughan, Beryl Reid, Bernard Cribbins, Alan
Bennett, Timothy West and Roy Hudd.
Despite the changing times, it comes over as fresh
as the time it was minted. It’s a funny play, lots of
classic characters: the seaside photographer, the
pompous vicar, the young couple, the naïve pot girl,
the acid tongued harridan, the floozy with a heart of
gold. It has a great plot but is also insightful – look
what may happen when we take our spouses for
The Village Hall offers a great play with a really
strong cast. Come along, you’ll enjoy it!