The Chalk Garden archiveNothing will grow for eccentric, high-born Mrs St Maugham in the dry earth of her once grand Sussex garden. Indoors, the situation is even worse. Her wild and damaged granddaughter, sixteen-year-old Laurel, sets fires and throws tantrums. When the enigmatic Miss Madrigal arrives to take up the post of Laurel's companion, the household is disconcerted by her evasive oddity. Where has she come from, and why does she refuse to speak about her past? Both singular comedy and haunting mystery, this startling insight into mother-daughter relationships is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most remarkable plays. The author of many books and dramas, Enid Bagnold is still best known for her 1935 novel, National Velvet.


Author: Enid Bagnold
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Archive listings for The Chalk Garden

Work type: Play.


Corporate Sponsor ITD Consultants (Chichester). Producer Chichester Festival Theatre. Director Alan Strachan. Design Simon Higlett. Lighting Natasha Chivers. Music Catherine Jayes. Sound Emma Laxton. Director Charlotte Sutton (casting director). Performer Penelope Keith (Mrs St Maugham). Performer Amanda Root (Miss Madrigal). Performer Oliver Ford Davies (The Judge).
25 May 18 to 16 Jun 18Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester :: V719
listing details L1915439763


Production Supporter Goldenberg and BarbagalloCorporate Sponsor Nabarro. Producer Donmar Warehouse. Director Michael Grandage. Design Petefr McKintosh. Lighting Paule Constable. Sound Adam Cork. Performer Penelope Wilton (Miss Madrigal). Performer Margaret Tyzack (Mrs ST Maugham). Performer Steph Bramwell. Performer Linda Broughton. Performer Suzanne Burden. Performer Jamie Glover. Performer Felicity Jones. Performer Clifford Rose.
5 Jun 08 to 2 Aug 08Donmar Warehouse, West End :: V389
listing details L01386277539


Company Appleby Frodingham Theatrical Society.
18 Oct 05 to 22 Oct 05Plowright Theatre, Scunthorpe :: V952
listing details L01660720885


Producer Bill Kenwright Ltd. Director Sheridan Morley. Director Ruth Leon (associate director). Design Paul Farnsworth. Lighting Douglas Kuhrt. Performer Belinda Lang (Miss Madrigal). Performer Katherine Heath (Laurel). Performer Moira Lister (Mrs. St. Maugham). Performer Gerald Harper (The Judge). Performer Nickolas Grace (Maitland). Performer Gay Lambert (A Little Lady). Performer Maev Alexander (Nurse).
7 Apr 03 to 12 Apr 03Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury :: V674
listing details L830889732
31 Mar 03 to 5 Apr 03New Victoria Theatre, Woking :: V709
listing details L181943296
24 Mar 03 to 29 Mar 03Churchill Theatre, Bromley :: V302
listing details L01591916561
17 Mar 03 to 22 Mar 03Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L36510028
10 Mar 03 to 15 Mar 03Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
listing details L1452599993
3 Mar 03 to 8 Mar 03Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
listing details L1971835180
11 Feb 03 to 1 Mar 03Theatre Royal, Windsor :: V742
listing details L525399417


Company Street Theatre. Director Brian Boffey.
8 Nov 01 to 10 Nov 01Strode Theatre, Street :: V917
listing details L807753531


Company Merrow Dramatic Society.
1 Nov 00 to 4 Nov 00Electric Theatre, Guildford :: V01732805351
listing details L01120020500

Other listings

2 Oct 21 to 9 Oct 21Lewes Little Theatre, Lewes :: V672
listing details L1841166258
13 Nov 18 to 17 Nov 18Nomad Theatre, East Horsley :: V714
listing details L02102135810

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