- Start: Sunday 30 October - 15:00
- Estimated End: Sunday 30 October - 17:15
- Auditorium: Tindle Studio
Thirty-five years ago Farnham’s Redgrave Theatre broke all theatrical records by obtaining permission to stage the first production of Noel Coward’s epic 1931 play Cavalcade.
50 years after its original Drury Lane run and with an even larger cast (12 professional actors with 300 extras), Surrey and Hampshire became gripped by ‘Cavalcade Fever’ which reached epidemic proportions. Playgoers who were fortunate enough to see it or even be in it soon became excited about their part in creating an unprecedented performance event.
Its success was contagious and news soon reached BBC director Patrick Taggart who realised the Redgrave’s production was no ordinary achievement by a regional theatre.
He said ‘It was more a gargantuan effort that required military precision and timing from both the highly-skilled production team and massive cast to its visionary beloved director.’ Taggart believed the actual execution of his theatrical phenomenon warranted its own story
Cavalcade – 35 years on is a public re-showing of Taggarts’s TV documentary which was shot on film and which itself, won the Queen’s Award for Industry.
This documentary beautifully illustrates and defines just what is possible in a small purpose-built Surrey theatre by a visionary director, professional actors, production team and its very own enthusiastic performing community.
It also serves as a lasting tribute to the memory and vision of David Horlock, a passionately inspired director whose life was tragically cut short by a car accident 10 years later.
Afterwards, original cast and production members will answer questions and share anecdotes from a period in Farnham which once made British theatre history.