Iconic Morecambe Midland Hotel features in new play

Art Deco Traveller Midland Hotel exterior
Art Deco Traveller Midland Hotel exterior

An award-winning playwright will be bringing his own array of sunshine to venues across Lancaster and Morecambe.

Alan Stockdill, of popular theatre company Talking Stock Productions, has a brand new production about to hit the road.

Yorkshireman, Godfrey (Keith Royston) has his life turned upside down when he meets Lancastrian widow, Betty (Marion Reynolds).

Yorkshireman, Godfrey (Keith Royston) has his life turned upside down when he meets Lancastrian widow, Betty (Marion Reynolds).

‘Godfrey’s Last Love (Bring me Sunshine)’ will be heading to Settle Victoria Hall on Friday February 21 and Christ Church, in Morecambe on Sunday February 28.

The performances will be help raise vital funds for Settle Victoria Hall and also at Morecambe, proceeds from programmes will go to St John’s Hospice.

The play, about a retired cricket umpire and avowed socialist, features scenes from the Midland Hotel in Morecambe. It follows Godfrey Shackleton who celebrates his recent lottery win with a lads’ trip to Morecambe and a beer or two.

His life changes once again when he bumps into widow, Betty, who’s visiting the Lancashire resort on a ladies’ bowling trip with Clitheroe Conservative Club.  

Love, loss, hope, happiness, struggles and smiles, all come together in this charming tale of finding love in the third age. But the path of romance doesn’t always run smoothly.  

Will Godfrey bowl this maiden over? Will this unlikely couple triumph over adversity and bring each other the ‘golden years’ sunshine they both deserve?

The play stars acclaimed Huddersfield actor Keith Royston as Godfrey and popular Halifax actress Marion Reynolds as Betty. New drama graduate Todd Wilson plays his first role for Talking Stock as grandson, Justin. Sharon Kelly returns as Godfrey’s daughter, Donna, and Stockdill himself plays his best mate Freddy Fitton.

For Settle, tickets can be booked on 01729 825718 and there will be no charge, just donations on exit.

For Morecambe please phone 07785 530129 for tickets (£10 or £7 concessions) or book online at wegottickets.com. Email catherine.pasek@sky.com to go onto the mailing list for future productions. Information is also available at talkingstock.co.uk.

Talking Stock were last at Christ Church in November when they raised 2,000 for Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice, with a performance of the award-winning play ‘Le Grand Return’, in memory of theatre-loving family man, Keith Roach.

Keith was a former vice-chairman of Morecambe Football Club, a county councillor and a devoted servant of local musical theatre.

Catherine Pasek, talking stock producer, said: “We can’t wait to come back to these two wonderful venues and share these fabulous stories.”