Cast saddened by death of leading man
LOUTH Playgoers have decided to continue with their latest production, following the unexpected death of the show's lead character.
Andrew Attridge had been due to play Charles Condomine in the society's production of Blithe Spirit which gets under way on Monday.
But following Mr Attridge's sudden death, the society has paid tribute to a key member of both the cast and the Playgoers as a whole.
A spokesman for the society said: "Andrew was a long standing supporter, volunteer and regular actor with the society and his passing has come as a shock to us all.
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"We would like to express our sympathy and support to all his family and friends.
"Andrew was rehearsing to play the part of Charles in the forthcoming production of Blithe Spirit.
"Understandably the cast and crew are extremely distressed at not only losing a good friend but also a lynch pin in their production.
"They have, however, decided to ensure the 'show goes on' and dedicate the production to Andrew."
Director, Jerry Smith, will have the difficult task of reading in the part of Charles.
Blithe Spirit will run from October 7 to 12 and is a supernatural and much loved classic play by Noel Coward.
The play tells of Charles Condomine, a socialite and successful novelist, who wishes to learn about the occult for a novel he is writing. To do this he arranges for an eccentric medium, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance at his house thus hoping to gather material for his next book.
What he didn't bargain on was the inadvertent summons of his first wife, Elvira who goes on to make desperate attempts to disrupt Charles's marriage to his second wife, Ruth, who cannot see or hear the ghost. As the worldly and un-worldly personalities clash, Charles' current wife Ruth is accidently killed, passes over and joins Elvira, which means the ill-fated Charles is now haunted by two ghosts into perpetuity.
Ticket are available from the box office on 01507 600350.