March 6, 2022


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Ladies in Retirement

A Period Mystery-Thriller by Edward Percy

and Reginald Denham


Directed by Martin Gibbs


17, 18, 19*, 23, 24, 25**, 26*, 30 June, 1, 2 July 2022

Evenings: 8 pm  Saturday** and Sunday* matinees: 2.30 pm

Shirley Burke Theatre, 64 Parkers Road, Parkdale


Set in an isolated cottage on the Thames Estuary in 1885, a former showgirl/actress, Miss Fiske, and her long-time companion and housemate, Ellen, become involved in competing schemes that grow more sinister after the arrival at their home of Ellen’s two sisters. A surprise turn of events will keep you glued to the unfolding story that has been described as one of the best stage thrillers of its time.

First staged in 1939 as England was starting WW2, London was in a blackout, and most theatres were closed. It was an enormous hit, running for a total of 301 performances.



Leonora Fisk – Fiona Joshua

Lucy Gilham – Corrine Evans

Ellen Creed – Marianne Collopy

Albert Feather – Matthew Phillips

Louisa Creed – Leigh Thompson

Emily Creed – Christine Bridge

Sister Theresa – Sheila Balis


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