POSTER: THE MATING GAME - WINDMILL THEATRE - 1976 (TWICE NIGHTLY)
Just when you think you’ve seen everything, something interesting comes along to pique your interest. Such were my feelings when I saw this vintage theatre poster for sale a while back.
Now many of the stars of Crossroads were equally at home on the stage – so it comes as no surprise to learn that there are numerous examples of theatre productions featuring them.
What makes this an interesting item is that so many stars of the show are together at one time, and that it specifically plays on their Crossroads links.
Ann George was the wonderful Amy Turtle, Peter Brookes played postman - Vince Parker, Caroline Dowdeswell played Anne Powell and David Valla played barman Bill Warren. Interestingly, Ann is credited as "Anne" - with an e.
The website of the play-write Robin Hawdon, HERE describes the play, written in 1973 as follows…
'One of the most enduring comedies on the international theatre circuit since its long run in London's West End in the 1970s. Staple diet of stock and amateur theatres everywhere. Five in the cast and a set which almost outacts them all!'
Set in a smart Mayfair apartment, full of gadgets with a mind of their own, the story concerns the frantic attempts of a trendy young TV personality, to both lose his virginity and avoid true love, whilst at the same time preserving his image as a notorious stud. Despite poor initial reviews the play was hugely popular with audiences, became a regular on the British touring circuit for the next twenty years, and is still frequently revived abroad.
DRAYCOTT HARRIS (T.V. star)
JAMES HARRIS (His elder brother)
HONEY TOOKS (his P.R. girl)
JULIA (his secretary)
MRS FINNEY (his housekeeper)
I think it’s fairly obvious which actor was playing each part from the descriptions above – but in my mind there’s a strange version where Amy Turtle is Honey Tooks. No? Just me? I’ll get me coat.
|Ann George as Amy Turtle - inspecting Shughie's offal
|Peter Brookes as Vince Parker - appearing one last time (?) at Meg's Wedding
|David Valla as Bill Warren
|Caroline Dowdeswell as Anne Powell