Stage Door

Our last production was Stage Door by Edna Ferber and George S Kaufman, and directed by Aidan Steer. Performances took place on Wednesday 23 to Saturday 26 October at Chestnut Grove Academy.


Set in the mid-1930s, this witty comedy concerns a group of women who have come to New York City to find work as actors and performers. The play is set in The Footlights Club – a boarding house run by ex-actress Mrs Orcutt.

The Broadway life is all here: the desperate round of auditions and agents; the sudden closing of a show that should have been a meal ticket for months; the opportunistic romances and the emotional breakdowns.

Stage Door has a large cast with a wide range of roles: aspiring actresses – some more talented and dedicated than others; young and not-so-young ‘gentlemen callers’; a movie magnate and an idealistic young playwright who sells out to Hollywood.


  • Aidan Steer – Dr Randall
  • Aisling Leow – Kaye Hamilton/Ellen/Tony
  • Amelia Allan – Bobby Melrose
  • Barbara Jennings – Mrs Orcutt
  • Bill Boyd – Adolph Gretzl
  • Caitlin Carey – Bernice Niemeyer
  • Chris Paxton – Jimmy Devereaux/Larry Westcott
  • Doug Dunn – Keith Burgess
  • Gabriella Chamberlain – Jean Maitland
  • Gertrud Goddard – Madeleine Vauclain
  • Ify Ugboma – Judith Canfield
  • Jenni Hardwick – Louise Mitchell
  • Jools Hutchings – Olga Brandt
  • Judith Moeckell – Mattie
  • Kim Goldsmith – Susan Paige
  • Matt Brown – Fred Powell/Billy
  • Rachel Smith – Terry Randall
  • Seb Keenan – David Kingsley
  • Stephanie Kendrick – Mary
  • Steve Tanner – Lou Milhauser
  • Tom Browne – Sam Hastings

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