Tom Jones is rich, ripe and rowdy. He's Squire Allworthy's adopted son, a young man much beset by women who falls victim to the charms of one rustic wench after another, until at last the Squire grows tired of the trouble he causes and sends him off to cause it elsewhere. Then Tom becomes entangled with three women at once: Jenny Waters, a lady of warm heart and generous virtue, Mrs Fitzpatrick, a society lady seeking diversion from her oafish husband, and Sophia Western, whom Tom truly loves.
PLAYWRIGHT: Joan Macalpine (Based on Henry Fielding's novel of the same name).
BHTC NOTES: This play was the first production that BHTC staged in the newly built Martlets Hall and gave the club the opportunity for the first time to build a two tiered set. Club member Sheila Wells unfortunately remembers that it collapsed during one performance, but presumably no-one was hurt!
For the next 20 years (and beyond for the annual pantomimes), the Martlets Hall was to become the regular staging venue preferred by the club.
Playwright: Joan Macalpine
Directed by: John Poulson
Production Date: October 1972
Staged: The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill
BHTC Production Number: 73
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