IT IS more chiller than thriller, a play that is a period drama with intrigue and a real spine-tingle built in.
Ladies In Retirement is a bit of a puzzle in itself. It was based on a real-life incident which happened in France in the late 18th century and has long delighted audiences and actors alike.
Honley Players are the latest company to tackle it and their production opens at the village’s Southgate on September 16.
There are four evening performances starting at 7.30pm and the show is directed by Mary Plested, an experienced producer.
Edward Percy and Reginald Denham, writers of Ladies In Retirement, swapped the French setting of the tale’s origins for the dark, lonely surroundings of the marshes on the Thames.
The stage play was a hit in the Thirties and a successful film followed in 1941.
Its period setting and its well told story has ensured that Ladies In Retirement keeps on working - with not a retirement in sight.
The story centres on strong characters such as Leonora Fiske an ex-show girl being kept by a string of previous conquests, her housekeeper Ellen and her two sisters Louisa and Emily.
Tickets are £7 (adults and £5 children.
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There is a cast of seven including Helen Martland who joins the regular team of Honley Players for her first production at the theatre.
For Stephen Waind, who has appeared with the society several times since he was 14 old, this is the start of a milestone year.
He’s not only in the Player’s opening show of the new season but is also starting a full time college course studying acting.
The society has already pencilled in November 18 to 21 for a production of Helene Hanff’s delightful book 84 Charing Cross Road which was adapted for the stage by James Roose-Evans. Mark Thewlis will direct.