The Long Christmas Dinner

by Thornton Wilder

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"There's a story that my Grandmother Bayard crossed the Mississippi on a raft before there were any bridges or ferryboats. She died before Genevieve and I were born. Time certainly goes very fast in a great new country like this."

Ninety years in the life of the Bayard family told through their annual Christmas gatherings. A meditation on life, death, time, continuity, and change by Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays Our Town and The Skin Of Our Teeth, and novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey.

at the Welsh Church Hall
881 High Road Leytonstone
E11 1HR

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In advance £8 (£5 concessions)
On the door £9 (£6 concessions)
Special rate for parties*

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Fri 4th March 2016, 8pm
Sat 5th March 2016, 2.30pm and 8pm

Fri 11th March 2016, 8pm
Sat 12th March 2016, 2.30pm and 8pm

The 2.30pm performance on 12th March will be (BSL signed).

at the Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre

See the festival website for times and booking details.

Friday 18 March 2016

at the All England Theatre Festival Eastern Area Semi-Final

Cecil Hepworth Playhouse,
Bridge Street,
Hurst Grove,
Surrey KT12 1AU

Tickets £8 (or £14 for both
matinee & evening sessions)
available at the door
or in advance from

Saturday 16 April 2016

at the Welwyn Drama Festival

Barn Theatre,
Welwyn Garden City

Tickets £10 available from the festival website or on the door.

Wednesday 25th May 2016

*Buy nine tickets, get a tenth full price ticket free. Only available with online bookings. Pay for the full number of tickets online: we will reimburse you the cost of your free ticket(s) at the door

Mother Bayard Jackie Withnall
Roderick Stuart Clark
Lucia Anastasia Oh
Cousin Brandon Oliver Clement
Charles Dave Flanagan
Genevieve Jessica Irwin
Leonora Tanya Kempe-Tummon
Sam Shay Leacy
Lucia 2 Zoe Webb
Roderick 2 Ben Wille
Cousin Ermengarde Jenny Moorby
Nurse Julie Rickwood
Director Gill Tayor
Producer Phil Braithwaite
Stage Manager Danielle Keene
Lighting Design Robert Bettelheim
Lighting Operation Kimber Wright
Sound Steve Wess
Set Design Shih Ling Huang
Set Construction Michael Brooks
Front of House Managers Victoria Bettelheim, Helen Jefferies
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Images by and © Stephen Cahill-Hayes
with additional photos by and © Gill Taylor and Michael Withnall
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design: Declan McGuire
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Winner of Best Stage Presentation and First Place Overall at the Waltham Forest Festival of Theatre.

Nominated for the Technical Merit Award and the Adjudicator's Award (for Direction) at the All England Theatre Festival Eastern Area Final.

Winner of the Louis Davis Trophy (Adjudicator's Award for a Special Contribution to the Festival) at the Welwyn Drama Festival. Dave Flanagan was also nominated for Best Actor.