Leighton Buzzard Drama Group promises a treat for the audience as they prepare for The Anniversary

The mother-in-law from hell, or just a mum who loves her boys?

By Reporter
Friday, 18th March 2022, 11:04 am

Verbal jousting and cruel barbs laced with comedic moments are on the cards with Leighton Buzzard Drama Group’s production of The Anniversary.

The award-winning group is bringing Bill McIlwraith’s play to the stage at the town's Library Theatre on April 7-9.

It is the 1960s and the main character ‘Mum’ is ferociously possessive and determined to keep her sons close. But she faces a challenge from her daughter-in-law, Karen, who plans to emigrate to Canada, and also from her favourite son’s brand new fiancée, Shirley. In this case of jealous mothering as a black art: who will prevail?

The Anniversary

Ann Kempster (director) said: "I read this play a number of years ago and immediately knew that I wanted to direct it. The Anniversary is a peach of a play: cringeworthy, funny, uncomfortable and an all-round jolly good watch, so you are in for a treat, especially as we have such a talented and hard-working young cast."

Bill McIlwraith was a successful TV screenwriter with shows such as Two’s Company, and Seconds Out starring Robert Lindsay. The Anniversary was turned into a successful film version in 1968 starring Bette Davis (complete with eye-patch!) and Sheila Hancock.

Buy your tickets online via www.lbdg.org.uk or via the Library Theatre Box Office on 0300 300 8125. Performances are on April 7, 8 and 9, 2022 at 8pm.