Veterans return to stage

Margaret Hartley
Margaret Hartley

Two veterans of the stage with over 100 years theatre experience between them will play a part in Lancaster Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society’s (LADOS) next production.

The theatre group bring Mel Brooks’ and Thomas Mehan’s acclaimed comedy The Producers to the stage at The Grand Theatre between Tuesday May 7 snd Saturday May 11 at 7.30pm.

Vera Atkinson, 97, and Margaret Hartley, 89, came out of retirement from the stage, picked up a zimmer frame and tried to audition for a part in Little Old Lady Land, so look out - you might just see them on stage!

Vera joined LADOS when she was just 17 and danced her way through many shows, until her husband’s work took them abroad.

However, she has always supported LADOS and came back on the stage when she played Yente in Fiddler on the Roof in 1973.

Margaret joined the Society in 1947.

She played many character roles until she took on the role of producer and was responsible for many of LADOS’s shows in the 1970s and 80s.

Having been a member of the committee she progressed to the arduous role of secretary and retired in 2004.

Margaret still goes to rehearsal and makes the tea and in show week attendees will see her at the door meeting and greeting people and selling programmes too.

In The Producers, legendary Broadway producer Max Bialystock is in a mess, he is broke, his latest show has flopped, the tax man is chasing him and his financial backers, a succession of little old ladies, are all dying off.

He needs a plan to be great again.

His business partner, Leo Bloom, a meek ex-accountant with a blank fixation, hits upon an idea that will make them rich.

All they need to do is find the worst play ever written and hire the worst director in town. It can’t fail...or can it?

The Producers is one of the most lauded musicals in Broadway history.

Expect long legged showgirls, chorus boys in tight pants, a demented playwrite, a drama queen producer in a house full of nutters with a love of dressing up, Swedish beauties, swatika wearing pigeons and chaos...

The show is being presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York.

Tickets are £12 or £11 each for groups of 10 and above, from the box office on 01524 64695.