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Aunt Sally; or, The Triumph of Death (1973)

Aunt Sally; or, The Triumph of Death

A Cambridge Theatre Co. production and British premiere of a play by Richard Cottrell, adapted from Jeux de Massacre by Eugene Ionesco, performed during a regional tour and at Cambridge Arts Theatre (opened autumn 1973).

Cast: Zo Wanamaker, Roger Rees, Trevor Bowen, Kit Thacker, Oliver Ford-Davies, John Green, Brenda Peters, James Aubrey, Denis Lawson, Diane Fletcher, Philip Donaghy, Geoffrey Bateman, Jack Galloway, Joan Moon, Geoffrey Kirkness, and Osmund Bullock


Aunt Sally; or, The Triumph of Death image #1

This early publicity photo of Zoe is from Aunt Sally's theatre programme.

With thanks to Nadine for both the photo and theatre programme cover.


Director: Richard Cottrell
Designer: Bob Ringwood
Music: Bob Downes
Lighting Designer: Michael Outhwaite


This production, the British premiere of Aunt Sally, was produced by the Cambridge Theatre Company.  The play's author and director, Richard Cottrell, was also the artistic director of the company at the time. 

Zoe was among a number of young performers at the Cambridge Theatre Company during its 1973-4 season (a period of around eight months).  With the other company members, she appeared in a diverse repertoire of plays, encompassing comedy, drama, and pantomime.  In addition to Aunt Sally, they performed Twelfth Night, Jack and the Beanstalk, She Stoops to Conquer, Fears and Miseries of the Third Reich, and French Without Tears

The company's productions were performed in rotation (a week of one show, say, followed by a week of another), with the exception of Jack and the Beanstalk.

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