Priestley’s principles come to the fore in stage production

WHEN is a marriage not a marriage? This and other questions about relationships are covered in JB Priestley’s When We Are Married.

Horsell Amateur Dramatic Society are offering their humorous and thought-provoking take on the play at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking next week.

The drama is centred around three high society couples who are celebrating their joint-25th wedding anniversary.

But their evening of self-satisfied contentment is shattered by unexpected events that throw their lives – and their marriages – into turmoil.

Director Anne Leggett says that, although Priestley was better known for An Inspector Calls – recently on BBC One in an acclaimed new production – this earlier work was a better play.

“It’s technically one of the best comedies ever written,” she says. “It’s exceedingly funny. We are updating it from its original setting in the 1910s to the 20s, which will help to give it that farcical edge.”

Assistant Director Maureen Thomas adds: “The play looks at the way the couples disintegrate – they are all very different – and how it might be possible for them to come together again.”

Both Anne and Maureen feel that the play, although set many years ago, has principles and themes that still hold up today. Maureen explains: “It’s going to be very funny and appeal to a wide audience.”

Meanwhile Anne adds that Rhoda McGaw audiences will be in for a treat: “I’m really pleased to be able to put it on now with HADS.

“The show has principles and morals that are timeless – it will be a fun evening for everyone…”

WHEN We are Married will be on at the Rhoda McGaw Theatre in Woking on Thursday (November 19) and Friday, November 20 at 7.45pm, and then on Saturday, November 21 with a 7.30pm start.

Tickets can be purchased online via and by calling the box office on 01483 808354.

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