History of Napier Repertory Players


 

Napier Repertory Players' Productions from 1933 to the present.

 

1933 to 1939

Year

Play

Director

 

 

1933

To Have the Honour

May McDonald

 

Good Morning, Bill

Brian Chadwick

 

 

 

1934

London Wall

May McDonald

 

The First Mrs Fraser

May McDonald

 

 

 

1935

By Candlelight

Marian Hindmarsh

 

Indoor Fireworks

Briton Chadwick

 

 

 

1936

Murder on the Second Floor

Marian Hindmarsh

 

Please Help Emily

Briton Chadwick

 

 

 

1937

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

Briton Chadwick

 

Laburnum Grove

May MacDonald

 

 

 

1938

You Can’t Take it With You

May McDonald

 

The Child in Flanders

May McDonald

 

 

 

1939

Stage Door

May McDonald

 

Nine Till Six

Elizabeth Loe

 

 

 

 

1940 to 1949

 

Year

Play

Director

1940

Hay Fever

May McDonald

 

Flat to Let

May McDonald

 

 

 

1941

Fresh Fields

John Oakley

 

Without the Prince

John Oakley

 

 

 

1943

The Morning Star

Harold Rees

 

I Killed the Count

Harold Rees

 

 

 

1944

The Light of Heart

Elizabeth Culford Bell

 

Tony Draws a Horse

Elizabeth Culford Bell

 

 

 

1945

Pride and Prejudice

Mrs Gerald Wilson

 

The Ghost Train

Harold Rees

 

 

 

1946

The Royal Family

WJ Mountjoy Jnr

 

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

May McDonald

 

 

 

1947

George Washington Slept Here

Gerald Wilson

 

Rebecca

Elizabeth Loe

 

 

 

1948

Young Mrs Barrington

Harold Rees

 

No Room At The Inn

May McDonald

 

 

 

1949

Dear Ruth

Gordon Madigan

 

The Little Foxes

Arnold Goodwin

 

Quiet Weekend

May McDonald

 

 

 

 

1950 to 1959

 

Year 

Play 

Director 

1950

Lady Precious Stream

WJ Mountjoy and Ray Ward

 

Four One Act Plays

Gordon Madigan

 

 

Vida Stokes

 

 

Ray Ward

 

 

Ian Stewart

 

Journey’s End

May McDonald

 

 

 

1951

Blithe Spirit

Arnold Goodwin

 

The Glass Menagerie

Pat Evison

 

Castle in the Air

Ray Ward

 

Beauty and the Beast

May McDonald

 

 

 

1952

The Happiest Days of Your Life

May McDonald

 

Duet for Two Hands

Ray Ward

 

She Stoops to Conquer

Pat Evison

 

 

 

1953

The Admirable Crichton

Arnold Goodwin

 

Arsenic and Old Lace

Dorothy Holderness

 

The Sacred Flame

Karel Verboeket

 

The Chiltern Hundreds

Ray Ward

 

 

 

1954

Life with Father

Barbara Finch

 

The Playboy of the Western World

Frances A. Mitchell

 

Ten Little Nigger Boys

Dorothy Holderness

 

 

 

1955

To Dorothy a Son

Barbara Finch

Winterset

 

Busman’s Holiday

 

 

 

 

1956

The Heiress

Karel Verboeket

 

The Philadelphia Story

Dorothy Holderness

 

Three One Act Plays

John Kitchen

 

 

Barbara Vinten

 

 

Moira Crozier

 

The White Sheep of the Family

Barbara Vinten

 

 

 

1957

Love in a Mist

John Kitchen

 

Love from a Stranger

Wilton Vinten

 

The Winslow Boy

Marion Cunningham

 

 

 

1958

One Wild Oat

Laurie Swindell

 

Trespass

Wilton Vinten

 

It’s Never Too Late

Dorothy Holderness

 

 

 

1959

Wild Goose Chase

Laurie Swindell

 

Ladies in Retirement

John Kitchen

 

The Diary of Anne Frank

Anthony Taylor

 

 

 

 

1960 to 1969

 

Year 

Play 

Director 

1960

Ghosts

Karel Verboeket

 

The Seven Year Itch

Laurie Swindell

 

Sailor Beware

David Monrad

 

 

1961

Both Ends Meet

Karel Verboeket

 

The Secret Tent

David Monrad

 

Bonaventure

May McDonald

 

 

1962

The Shifting Heart

May McDonald

 

Hotel Paradiso

John C. Thomas

 

The House of Bernarda Alba

Karel Verboeket

 

 

1963

The House by the Lake

David Monrad

 

A Woman of No Importance

Ursula Calson

 

The Crucible

John C. Thomas

 

 

1964

The One Day of the Year

David Monrad

 

Three One Act Plays

Jess Winkley

 

Patricia Cummins

 

David Monrad

 

The Amorous Prawn

Laurie Swindell

 

A Taste of Honey

Merle Bell

 

 

1965

The Caretaker

Brian Howlett

 

The Matchmaker

Gillian Davies

 

Five Finger Exercise

Merle Bell

 

The Season that was Yesterday

David Monrad

 

 

1966

Pardon Me – An Intimate Review

Terry Coyle

 

Come Blow Your Horn

Jan Corfield

 

Three New Zealand Plays

Bill Corfield

 

Terry Coyle

 

Brian Howlett

 

Night Must Fall

Judy Evans

 

Look Back in Anger

Brown Howlett

 

 

1967

The Fantasticks

Terry Coyle

 

Candida

David Monrad

 

Goodnight Mrs Puffin

Terry Coyle

 

 

1968

Black Chiffon

 

 

The Poker Session

Olive Wisher

 

Three One Act Plays

Karel Verboeket

 

Bryan Johnson

 

Michael Ahrens

 

The Rape of the Belt

Gillian Davies

 

 

1969

Under Milk Wood

John Anderson

 

Roses Round the Door

Judy Evans

 

 

 

 

1970 to 1979

 

Year 

Play 

Director 

1970

John Gabriel Borkman

Mark Campbell

 

Trio ’70

John Anderson

 

Lysistrata

John Anderson

 

 

1971

Two One Act Plays

Patricia Cummins

 

 

1972

Adventures in the Skin Trade

Stuart Devinie

 

Eden House

Ursula Calson

 

 

1973

Barefoot in the Park

David Monrad

 

Changes

Moira Crozier

 

Black Comedy

Maree Sutton

 

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf

David Monrad

 

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Lex Barker

 

 

1974

The Living Room

Gavin Garner

 

Mugwort Theatre

Bette Moreton

 

The Anniversary

Billie McCorkindale

 

 

1975

Conduct Unbecoming

Gavin Garner

 

The Philanthropist

Ursula Calson

 

Not Now Darling

Laurie Swindell

 

 

1976

The Dream of Peter Mann

Jan Davis and  Roy Holderness

 

The National Health

Gillian Davies

 

Tom Jones

Laurie Swindell

 

The Paragon

Gavin Garner

 

 

1977

Glide Time

Gillian Davies

 

The Disorderly Woman

Laurie Swindell

 

 

1978

Middle Age Spread

Laurie Swindell

 

Relatively Speaking

Mary Fisher

 

 

1979

The Gingerbread Lady

Laurie Swindell

 

A Delicate Balance

Gavin Garner

 

Not in the Book

Mary Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

1980 to 1989

 

Year 

Play 

Director 

1980

The Grisly Secret of the 25th Floor

Roy Holderness

 

There Goes the Bride

Neville Baker

 

Fringe Benefits

Laurie Swindell

 

 

1981

Prisoners of Mother England

Laurie Swindell

 

Shock

Neville Baker

 

Shotgun Wedding

Laurie Swindell

 

 

1982

Bullshot Crummond

Neville Baker

 

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Laurie Swindell

 

Falstaff and Fellows

Gillian Davies

 

The Bed Before Yesterday

Brian Richecoeur

 

 

1983

The Bells of Hell

Neville Baker

 

The Season That Was Yesterday

   (50 years of Napier Repertory)

John Holmes and Neville Baker

 

Top Gear

Laurie Swindell

 

 

1984

Under the Sycamore Tree

Laurie Swindell

 

Roses in Due Season

Neville Baker

 

A Moment in Time

Stephen Owen

 

Absent Friends

John Cocking

 

 

1985

The Potting Shed

Gareth John

 

The Splits

Laurie Swindell

 

Jack and the Queen’s Talk

John Cocking

 

 

1986

Pardon Me Prime Minister

Neville Baker

 

Duet for One

John Holmes

 

My Fat Friend

Laurie Swindell

 

Lighting Up Time

Bob Sheldrake

 

 

1987

Country Cops

Laurie Swindell

 

Maillot Jaune

   NZTF National Festival Winner

Kathy Crerar

 

Arsenic and Old Lace

Neville Baker

 

 

1988

The Overgrown Path

Laurie Swindell

 

Say Who You Are

Diana Ryan

 

Stage Struck

Bob Sheldrake

 

 

1989

Agnes of God

Neville Baker

 

Three One Act Plays by the Junior Group

Sylvia Richardson and Justin Porter

 

Impact

Eileen Flowers

 

Noises Off

Neville Baker

 

 

 

 

1990 to 1999

Year

Play

Director

1990

Female Transport

Bob Sheldrake

 

No Sex Please, We’re British

Diana Ryan

 

They Came From Mars

Sylvia Richardson

 

 

1991

Three One Acts (Art Deco Season):
    Master
    Dudley, Intermezzo and Villa
    For Sale


Sharon Kerr
Rita Parkinson
Catherine Downes

 

Darling Mr London

Neville Baker

 

Blood of the Lamb

Mary Fisher

 

Two One Act Plays:
    Women Within Walls
    The Play Reading


Diana Ryan
Kathy Betesta

 

Steel Magnolias

Dick Johnstone

 

 

1992

Tonight With Coward (One Act Plays):
    Fumed Oak
    Ways & Means


Neville Baker
Sharon Kerr

 

Once On Chunuk Bair

Bob Sheldrake and Neville Baker

 

Look No Hans

Neville Baker

 

 

1993

Hay Fever

Sharon Kerr

 

The Boys Next Door

Neville Baker

 

Steaming

Chris Davidson and  Claire Hague

 

 

1994

The Unattainable

Rob Hickey

 

Relatively Speaking

Neville Baker

 

Weed

Bob Sheldrake

 

Joyful and Triumphant

Neville Baker

 

 

1995

What the Butler Saw

Dick Johnstone

 

Out of Order

Neville Baker

 

Outside Edge

Sylvia Richardson

 

 

1996

Fallen Angels

Neville Baker

 

Objection Overruled

Sylvia Richradson

 

Look Who’s Talking

Peter Pigott

 

 

1997

Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me

Chris Davidson

 

Birthday Suite

Peter Pigott

 

High Infidelity

Neville Baker

 

 

1998

Bullshot Crummond

Neville Baker

 

Neville’s Island

Bob Sheldrake

 

 

1999

Blithe Spirit

Sharon Kerr

 

Rough Justice

Sylvia Richardson

 

Will You Still Love Me In the Morning?

Peter Pigott

 

 

 

 

2000 to 2009

Year

Play

Director

2000

Time and the Conways

Neville Baker

 

The Odd Couple

Sylvia Richardson

 

Shut Your Eyes and Think Of England

Peter Pigott

 


 

2001

When We Are Married

Sharon Kerr

 

Officers and Rats

Bob Sheldrake

 


 

2002

Only A Game

Raewyn Cotterell

 

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

William Waitoa

 


 

2003

Wanted One Body

Bob Sheldrake

 

Respecting Your Piers

Peter Pigott

 


 

2004

A Deco Soiree

Sharon Kerr and Others

 

The Memory of Water

Sharon Kerr

 

Situation Comedy

Neville Baker

 


 

2005

Secret Bridesmaids’ Business

Sylvia Richardson

 

After You With The Milk

Diana Ryan

 

About Alice

Peter Pigott

 


 

2006

Bullshot Crummond

Neville Baker

 

Joyful and Triumphant

Sharon Kerr

 


 

2007

Lend Me A Tenor

Neville Baker and Peter Pigott

 

Ladies Who Lunch

Diana Ryan

 

Little Grimley Trilogy

Sharon Kerr

 


 

2008

Bell Book & Candle

Neville Baker

 

War Letters (One Act)

   NZTF Festival Entry


Anne Corney

 

Daylight Saving

David Brock

 

75th Anniversary (Two One Act Plays):

 

 

   Lily

Anne Corney

 

   What Shall We Do With the Body?

Sharon Kerr

 

Haywire

Neville Baker

 


 

2009

Dangerous Corner

Terry Coyle

Forward to the Right (One Act)

   NZTF National Festival Finalist

Anne Corney

The World and Mrs T. (One Act)

   NZTF National Festival Finalist

Ian Claridge

Waiting Rooms (One Act)

   NZTF National Festival Finalist

Sharyn Hildreth, Amanda Jackson

   and Jane Sutherland

 

Funny Money

Diana Ryan

 

 

 

 

2010 to 2019

Year

Play

Director

2010

Wednesday to Come

David Brock

 

 

 

Winter Shorts (Five One Act Plays):

 

 

    The Acid Test

David Moore

 

    A Game

Peter Lea

 

    AWOL

Peter Berry

 

    What Brutes Men Are

Cameron Rhodes

 

    The 75th Day

    NZTF National Festival Winner


Sharon Kerr

 

 

 

Soldier’s Song (One Act)

   NZTF National Festival Finalist


Anne Corney

 

 

 

Let it Be Me

Anne Corney

 

The Daylight Atheist

Lisa-Jane Hay

 

A Travelling Salesman

David Moore

 

 

2011

From Mansfield to Maud (Two One Acts):

 

 

    Come Into The Garden Maud

Sharon Kerr

 

    Shadow Self

Ian Claridge

Living Work of Art (One Act)

   NZTF Festival Entry

Ian Claridge

 

Thistle Blossoms (One Act)

   NZTF National Festival Finalist


Anne Corney

 

Andrea Karras (One Act)

   NZTF National Festival Finalist


David Moore

 

 

2012

The Mousetrap

Nanette Wright

 

Trick of the Light

Bob Sheldrake

 

The 39 Steps

Nanette Wright

 

 

2013

I’ll Leave It To You

Emily Gorton

 

Cecily (One Act)

    Theatre NZ National  TheatreFest     Finalist. Winner of "Best Adult Production".


Anne Corney

 

Last of the Summer Wine

          Opening Night

80th Anniversary Celebration


Sylvia Richardson

 

 

2014 The Great Gatsby Nanette Wright

On Golden Pond

Anne Corney

 

What If?  (One Act)

   TheatreFest Entry

Will Couper

Bang.  You're Dead.  (One Act)

   TheatreFest Entry

Mason Price

Snap Time (One Act)

   Theatre New Zealand National

   TheatreFest Winner

Sharyn Hildreth

 

Heaven Help Us

Diana Ryan

 

 

2015 The End of the Golden Weather Mason Price
Swansong David Moore

The Bear (One Act)

     TheatreFest Entry

Anne Corney
Kings of the Gym David Brock
2016 An Inspector Calls Trevor Rose
Eugenia Anne Corney

P. R. D.  (One Act)

     TheatreFest Entry

Will Couper
Lysistrata Ken Keys
2017 Verdict Nanette Wright