January - March Season 2013


by J. B. Priestley

Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 March 2013

The first London revival in nearly 40 years.


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"Nice little houses. Nice people. Quiet, respectable. No brokers' men. No scandals. No screams in the night. Morris Oxfords, little greenhouses, wireless sets."

A neglected early comedy from one of Britain's greatest dramatists, J. B. Priestley.

Ferndale, Laburnum Grove. A quiet, residential address in one of the newer north London suburbs. George Radfern, decent, respectable citizen and householder spends his Sunday evenings in his greenhouse, listening to Handel on the wireless. But when his grasping in-laws and daughter's obnoxious beau try to coax more money from him, George makes an unlikely confession.

An exploration of greed and dishonesty in suburban England, Priestley observes the facade of middle class respectability, and its crooked undercurrent with verve and humanity in this immorally comic story of money, family, and criminality.

Laburnum Grove is another Finborough Theatre rediscovery from J.B. Priestley, following the huge critical acclaim for the sell-out production of Priestley's Cornelius. Laburnum Grove was last seen at the Duke of York's Theatre in the West End in 1977, starring Arthur Lowe.


Playwright J.B. Priestley was born in 1894 in Bradford, Yorkshire. His plays dominated the London stage from the 1930s to the 1950s with such classics as Dangerous Corner, Eden End, Laburnum Grove, I Have Been Here Before, Time and the Conways, When We Are Married, Johnson Over Jordan, They Came to a City, An Inspector Calls, The Linden Tree, Summer Day’s Dream and The Glass Cage. His many novels include The Good Companions, Angel Pavement, Bright Day and Lost Empires. During the Second World War, he established a new reputation as a broadcaster and social commentator. He died in 1984.


Director Oscar Toeman returns to the Finborough Theatre where he was Resident Assistant Director in 2011 assisting Blanche McIntyre and Kate Wasserberg, and directed Hey Brother for Vibrant - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights. Oscar participated on the Young Vic's Director Springboard Programme. Directing includes  Fortune Teller (Bush Bazaar at the Bush Theatre), A.G.M (nabokov at the Soho Theatre Downstairs), The Ballad of the Copper Revolution (nabokov at the Old Vic Tunnels).  Assistant Direction includes Twelfth Night (Shakespeare's Globe and Apollo Theatre), Uncle Vanya (The Print Room) and Skane (Hampstead Theatre).


Karen Ascoe | Dorothy Radfern

Trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she won the Carleton Hobbs Award.

Theatre includes Mansfield Park (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds and Tour), How The Other Half Loves (The Mill at Sonning), Season’s Greetings (Theatre Royal Bath), Footloose (National Tour), Peter Pan (Kensington Gardens), Artefacts (Bush Theatre and Off Broadway), The Years Between (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), The Letter (Wyndham's Theatre), Anna Karenina, After Mrs. Rochester (Shared Experience at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, National and International Tours), Ivanov, Much Ado About Nothing (Strand Theatre), A Shayna Maidel (Ambassadors Theatre), Three Viewings (New End Theatre, Hampstead), the jazz-theatre piece Out There (Riverside Studios), Adam Bede, The Case Of Rebellious Susan (Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond), Twelfth Night, Rookery Nook (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), Perfect Days, Extremities (Derby Playhouse), Loot, Glass Menagerie (Swan Theatre, Worcester), Taking Steps and Season’s Greetings (The Mill at Sonning).

Film includes Paper Mask, Loaf and Weight.

Television includes Emmerdale, Peep Show, The Taking of Prince Harry, Casualty, Doctors, Trinity, The Bill, EastEnders, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Kid in the Corner, Armadillo and The Buccaneers.

Radio includes Tartuffe, An Ideal Husband and The Tempest.

Lynette Edwards | Lucy Baxley

Theatre includes Timon of Athens, Time and The Conways (National Theatre), Morse: House of Ghosts (National Tour), Cards on the Table (Vaudeville Theatre), The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre), Phallacy (King’s Head Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Royal Lincoln), Man of the Moment, Henceforward, The Ballroom, The Parasol (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Blithe Spirit, Things We Do For Love (Northcott Theatre, Exeter), Richard III, Absurd Person Singular, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Derby Playhouse), Lady Windermere’s Fan, How Green Was My Valley, Dombey and Son, To Serve Them All My Days, My Mother Said I Never Should (Royal Theatre, Northampton), Wife Begins at Forty, The Comedy of Errors, The Hollow, Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! (Mercury Theatre, Colchester), The Anastasia File (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Outside Edge (The Mill at Sonning) One For The Road, Noises Off (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry) and Pat and Margaret (Salisbury Playhouse).

Film includes My Summer of Love.

Television includes Doctors, Judge John Deed, Family Affairs, Losing Track, 1996, The Paradise Club and Boon.

Radio includes Animal Crackers, and several seasons with the BBC World Service English repertory company.

Robert Goodale | George Radfern

Theatre includes Dr Faustus (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Lady from The Sea (Rose Theatre, Kingston), Vanya (Gate Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Timon of Athens (Shakespeare’s Globe), Ghosts (The Young Vic), Measure for Measure (National Tour), The Rivals, Romeo and Juliet, The Comedy of Errors, The School for Scandal (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Tempest (Liverpool Playhouse), Festen (National Tour), Scenes from An Execution (Hackney Empire), Uncle Vanya (Birmingham Rep), Hamlet (Riverside Studios and Tour), Dr. Faustus (Greenwich Theatre), The Impresario from Smyrna (Old Red Lion Theatre), Mirandolina (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Stoopud F’en Animals (Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh), The Duchess of Malfi (Greenwich Theatre and Wyndham's Theatre), Love for Love (New End Theatre, Hampstead), The Queen and I (Australian Tour for Out of Joint), Cyrano de Bergerac (Royal Shakespeare Company and Lyric Theatre), Still Life (Angels in the Architecture), The Taming of the Shrew (National Tour), Arcadia, The Importance of Being Earnest (Bristol Old Vic) and The Code of The Woosters (Assembly Rooms at the Edinburgh Festival).

Television includes Births, Marriages and Deaths, Midsomer Murders, The Bill, Heartbeat, Foyle's War, The Brief, Holby City, Killing Hitler, Doc Martin, City of Vice, Death Becomes Him, Soldier, Soldier, House of Elliot and Inspector Morse.

Radio includes Stiff Upper Lip and Salzburg in London.

Edward Hancock | Harold Russ

Theatre includes Posh (Duke of York’s Theatre), Great Expectations (Watermill Theatre, Newbury), Life for Beginners (Theatre503), Too Much Pressure (Belgrade Theatre, Coventry), Antigone at Hell's Mouth (Kneehigh at Soho Theatre),Twelfth Night (Ludlow Shakespeare Festival), Master and Margharita (Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith), Henry V (Hackney Empire), Clockheart Boy (Dumbshow) and Limehouse Nights (Kandinsky).

Film includes Super Goths, 28K and The Boat that Rocked.

Television includes The Green Green Grass, Doctors and My Spy Family.

Georgia Maguire | Elsie Radfern

Trained at LAMDA.

Theatre includes Hay Fever and As You Like It (Rose Theatre, Kingston).

Film includes Love Me Til Monday.

Television includes Ashes To Ashes, Missing, 6 Degrees (series 1 and 2) and Pete vs Life.

Georgia sings with A Band of Buriers.

Simon Rhodes | Inspector Stack

At the Finborough Theatre, Simon appeared in Cornelius (2012).

Trained at Drama Centre.

Theatre includes Billy Chickens Is A Psychopath Superstar (Theatre503 at Latitude Festival), Accomplice (Menier Chocolate Factory), The Sound Of Every Car..., Blue On Blue, Trolls, Decade:2008, You Shouldn't Have (Theatre503), Colin Hoult's Real Horror Show (Leicester Square Theatre), Descent (Old Vic Tunnels), The Hotel, A Number (Edinburgh Festival), Spud And Moose (Old Red Lion Theatre), Check Out (BAC), Good Times Roll (Royal Festival Hall), Something Sweet (Southwark Playhouse), Enemies (Almeida Theatre), Peace, The Bacchae, The Persians (Thiasos, Cyprus, and US Tour), The Hebrew Lesson (New End Theatre, Hampstead), The Plebeians Rehearse The Uprising (Arcola Theatre), Victory Over The Sun, To Moscow To Moscow (New Factory at Conway Hall) and Julius Caesar (Barbican Theatre).

Film includes Freshwater, Billy, The Sky In Bloom and Screwed.

Television includes Wannabes.

Liam Smith | Joe Fletten

At the Finborough Theatre, Liam appeared in Through The Night (2011).

Trained at Mountview Theatre School and Rose Bruford College.

Theatre includes Journey's End (Greenwich Theatre), Henry V (Theatre Delicatessen), 12th Battle Of Isonzo (The Print Room), Knives In Hens (Theatre By The Lake, Keswick), Hacked (Theatre503), Blok/Eko (The Wrestling School and Exeter Northcott), Judith: A Parting From The Body (Cock Tavern Theatre), Oliver Twisted, Robin Hood, Sleeping Beauty (Tabernacle Theatre), Prose and Cons (Union Theatre), Guns Or Butter, The Premature Burial, Terror (The Sticking Place), All Men Are Whores (Rosemary Branch Theatre), Inherit The Wind (Tricycle Theatre), One Jerk, It's All Over (Tristan Bates Theatre), Dinner (Wyndham's Theatre and National Tour), Song Of The Frogs (Polka Theatre), Urban Stories (Theatre Lab), The Golem, Charlotte Bronte (Pascal Theatre Company), Hatful Of Rain (Wire), The Rover and Woyzeck (Theatre Box). Workshops include working with the Young Vic, The Wrestling School, Harold Pinter, Complicite and Piesn Kozla.

Film includes Happiness, End Of Love, Roads, Telstar, Cass, Man For Hire, A Day In The Life Of Lemar and Keep It Simple.

Television includes Uncle, Hollyoaks, Locked Up Abroad, Sirens and Holby City.

Timothy Speyer | Bernard Baxley

Trained at Guildford School of Acting, where he was awarded the Max Adrian Cup.

Theatre includes The School for Scandal (Theatre Royal Bath and Tour), She Stoops to Conquer (National Theatre), Cardenio, The City Madam, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Crucible (National Theatre Studio), The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (The Peter Hall Company at the Rose Theatre Kingston), Pygmalion (Theatre Royal Bath and Hong Kong Arts Festival), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shakespeare's Globe), The Vortex (Theatre Royal Windsor and Apollo Theatre), Pygmalion (The Peter Hall Company at Theatre Royal Bath and Tour), Great Expectations (Library Theatre, Manchester), Arms and The Man, Arsenic and Old Lace (Vienna English Theatre), Goblin Market (Southwark Playhouse), The Anatomist (Eastern Angles), While the Sun Shines (Theatr Clwyd Cymru), She Stoops to Conquer (Birmingham Old Rep), The Wind in the Willows (Torch Theatre, Milford Haven) and Tom's Midnight Garden (Birmingham Stage Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth).

Film includes Mystery Man and The Clap.

Television includes Shakespeare Unlocked, The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson, Wind Up TV, Londoners, The Hutton Enquiry, Blue Peter, Exchange Street and The Hanging Tree.

Chris David Storer | Sergeant Morris

Trained at LAMDA.

Theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Middle Temple Hall, London and French Tour), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (St Stephen’s, London), Torn (Arcola Theatre), Hobson’s Choice (Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke), On The Twentieth Century (Union Theatre) and Colette Collage (Baron's Court Theatre).

Television includes Hustle and Britz.


Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 March 2013

Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm


Performance Length: 2 hours 30 mins including a 15 min interval.

Tickets £14, £10 concessions


Directed by Oscar Toeman

Designed by Lily Arnold

Lighting by Douglas Green

Sound by Edward Lewis

Presented by Indigo One in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Karen Ascoe

Lynette Edwards

Robert Goodale

Edward Hancock

Georgia Maguire

Simon Rhodes

Liam Smith

Timothy Speyer

Chris David Storer