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Jug (1975)


A play by Henry Livings, based on Heinrich Von Kloist's The Shattered Jug, performed at the Nottingham Playhouse (opened 30 October 1975).


Comedy Jug is set in a provincial English courtroom at the turn of the nineteenth century. 

The Justice of the Peace, Adam Kenworthy, attempts to hide the court's shortcomings from the scrutiny of an influential visitor, Sir Mulberry Walter.


Adam Kenworthy, JP ... Joseph Greig
Ernest Light, his Clerk ... David Beames
Mr Swan, landlord of the King's Head Inn ... Robert Putt
Mrs Swan ... Pat Keen
Sir Mulberry Walter ... Geoffrey Chater
Petty Constable Alfred Whitehead ... John Judd
Matt Bradbury ... Malcolm Storry
Martha Hirst, a poor widow ... Ursula Smith
Eva Hirst, her daughter ... ZoŽ Wanamaker
Beth O`Ragstones ... Jean Taylor Smith
Townspeople ... Judy Riley, Arthur Kohn, and Chris Lillicrap


Director: Richard Eyre
Set designer: Trevor Pitt
Costume designer: David Collis
Musical director: Colin Sell


This production of Jug was presented by the Nottingham Playhouse Company.  ZoŽ was invited to join the company by Richard Eyre, when he became artistic director of its theatre.  They had previously enjoyed working together in Edinburgh (on plays such as The Cherry Orchard).  She speaks warmly of the 'Intelligent, funny, sensitive, encouraging and enthusiastic' director (see 'Zoe Wanamaker: Nottingham Playhouse Made Me' interview). 

The 1975-6 season at Nottingham was a formative period in her career; Zoe has praised the 'fantastic range of plays' in which she was given the opportunity to perform, during her nine months as a member of the company (see 'Zoe Wanamaker: Nottingham Playhouse Made Me' interview).  In addition to Jug, she appeared in The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The Beggar's Opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, Pygmalion, The Servant of Two Masters, and Trumpets & Drums.

With thanks to Geoff for the theatre programme cover and some of the production details.

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