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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.

Genre:  Comedy

Playwright: Joan Macalpine

Directed by: John Poulson

Production Date:  October 1972

Group:  BHTC

Staged: The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

BHTC Production Number: 73

Neil Batsford

Anthony Hole

Sheila Newell

Rodney Nash

Andrew Quiney

Keith Jefferies

Christine Batsford

Mary Coleman

Michael Wedderburn

Christine Haddow

Jo White

Inez Wedderburn

Nancy Forsdike

Kathleen Meggs

Anthony White

Anthony Craig

Ray Bigsby

John Stallwood

Frank Oakley

Caroline Stallwood, Sarah Jefferies & Lizbet Hawker


Tom Jones

Squire Allworthy

Bridget Allworthy / Woman with a Basket

Thwackum / Second Bystander


Squire Western

Molly Seagrim

Sophia Western

Doctor / Constable



Mrs. Waters

Mrs. Fitzpatrick


Captain Fitzpatrick

Lord Fellamar

First Bystander / Priest

Allworthy's Servant


The Crowd

Sheila Tapner

Elizabeth Batten

Nancy Forsdike & Elizabeth Batten

Peter Coveney

Sheila Tapner & Lizbet Hawker

Barbara Chamberlain

Anthony White

Ron Forsdike

Barbara Chamberlain & Doreen Oakley



Stage Manager

Production Assistant


Lighting & Effects

Properties & Wardrobe


Set Designer

Front of House Manager

Box Office


Photos & Press Reviews

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