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Trumpets and Drums (1976)

Trumpets and Drums

A play by Bertolt Brecht, adapted from George Farquhar's The Recruiting Officer, and translated by Alan Brown and Kyra Dietz, performed at the Nottingham Playhouse (opened 22 April 1976).


Mr Balance ... William Russell
Victoria Balance ... Zoe Wanamaker
Simpkins ... Roger Booth
Plume ... John Price
Captain Brazen ... Richard Kane
Sergeant Kite ... Malcolm Storry
Melinda Moorhill ... Judy Liebert
Lucy ... Janet Maw
Mr Worthy ... John Dicks
Lady Prude ... Pat Keen
Pearmain ... David Beames
Appletree/Collier ... Matthew Scurfield
Rose/Kitty ... Caroline Hutchinson
Bullock/Pimp/Smuggler ... Arthur Kohn
Sally/Unemployed Man's Wife ... Judy Riley
Maggie/Collier's Wife ... Celia Foxe
William Bridewell ... Ted Richards
Broadshoulders/Prisoner ... Thomas Henty
Mike/Prisoner ... Chris Lillicrap
Jenny ... Janice Jarvis
Unemployed man ... Nigel Bennett
Pickpocket ... Danny Hiller
Mrs Cobb ... Jo Scott Matthews
Court Usher ... Alastair Mitchell
Drummer ... John Wright


This production of Trumpets & Drums was presented by the Nottingham Playhouse Company.  Zo 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 Trumpets & Drums, Zoe appeared in  The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, The Beggar's Opera, Jug, A Streetcar Named Desire, Pygmalion, and The Servant of Two Masters.

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