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ABHOW © Shelley Healy

Design © Shelley Healy


The Herts Advertiser


Breakaway Theatre Company's return to Inn On The Park was a sizzling sensation! The outdoor show had a spicy mix of love, laughter, and tears – served with romance, scandal and lust!

Alan Ayckbourn’s hilarious comedy, A Brief History Of Women, is about Anthony Spates, an unremarkable man, and the remarkable women who loved him, left him, or lost him. The play runs from Thursday 4 August to Saturday 6 August at the beautiful setting of the Inn on the Park in Verulamium Park, St Albans.

Spanning 60 years in four parts, the show shows how Spates ages from 17 to 77, changing jobs and changing relationships – and as the setting changes with Kirkbridge Manor becoming a school, an arts centre and a hotel.


Anthony Spates - Malcom Coakley


Lord Edward Kirkbridge - Simon Ellis

Lady Caroline Kirkbridge - Lesley Cowland

Lady Cynthia Kirkbridge- Jo Baker

Captain Fergus Ffluke - Benedict Gaskin

Mrs Reginald Ffluke - Anne Hollis




Doctor Wynford Williams - Simon Ellis

Miss Eva Miller - Elaine Hartless

Miss Ursula Brock - Jo Baker

Mr Desmond Kennedy - David Martin

Miss Phoebe Long - Shelley Healy




Dennis Dunbar - Simon Ellis

Pat Wriggly - Elaine Hartless

Jenny Tyler - Shelley Healy

Rory Tudor - David Martin

Gillian Dunbar - Marguerite Skinner




Gordon - David Martin

Caroline Seabourne - Lesley Cowland

Tilly Seabourne - Jo Baker

Ruby Jensen - Elaine Hartless

Directed by Abigail Giles

Sound - Richard Hartless

Stage Crew - James Healy

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