Sunday, 22 April 2012

Treading The Boards: Arthur Lowe in Stop It, Whoever You Are (1961)

Arthur Lowe
Programme for Stop it,
Whoever You Are,
1961
Production: Stop It Whoever You Are by Henry Livings
Venue: The Arts Theatre Club
Date: Wednesday 15th February 1961
Starring Wilfred Brambell, Robin Parkinson, Sydonie Platt, Rosamund Greenwood, Arthur Lowe, John Rutland, Ray Mort, Roger Kemp, Ronald Lacey, Brian Oulton, Edmond Bennett, John Saunders

Henry Livings’ Stop It Whoever You Are was the first of the scriptwriter’s plays to be staged in 1961. As a result of this he was named as Most Promising Playwright of The Year alongside Gwyn Thomas, author of The Keep.

Stop it Whoever You Are follows the escapades of a washroom attendant in a factory. This production staged in February 1961 featured Arthur Lowe as Alderman Michael Oglethorpe.

Arthur at the time had recently started playing Leonard Swindley in Coronation Street, a character he would frequently revisit on television over the next four years, that is when he wasn’t in demand in the theatre.
The cast for Stop It, Whoever You Are
Visitors to Stop It Whoever You Are of course were treat to a fabulous cast including Wilfrid Brambell (Steptoe & Son still a year away), Robin Parkinson, Ronald Lacey, Brian Oulton and Rosamund Greenwood (whose career endured for some 6 decades).

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