Curtain Call

by  Bettine Manktelow

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  3m, 5f

An amusingly chaotic day in the life of Alec Partridge, Manager of the Thurlow Playhouse. The director of an amateur production of Oklahoma demands real horses in the show; an Arts Council agent arrives to assess the theatre's eligibility for a grant…

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    Cast Size

    3m, 5f
  • Duration


    90 minutes
  • SubGenre


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  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

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CURTAIN CALL BY Bettine Manktelow

The play takes place in the General Manager's office of the Thurlow Playhouse.   Two exits, one window.

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"This fascinating look behind the scenes in a Theatre Manager's office made a rollicking comedy.."  East Kent Mercury.


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  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting:

    CURTAIN CALL by Bettine Manktelow

    An office in a theatre, posters scattered on the walls, generally untidy looking, two exits, one window (practical).   A desk and sundry office equipment.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)


3m, 5f

Valerie:   The General Manager's secretary.  30s, attractive young lady. Weighed down by the pressures of her job and her unhappy love-life.

Alec Partridge:  The General Manager.   50s. Affable and apparently unflappable.  Manages to keep his sense of humour despite his problems.

Lulu Lynchpin:  The Stage Manager, tough, capable, dependable.  30s-50s.

Doreta Mason:  An former actress, glamorous but struggling to look younger.  Sophisticated but secretly vulnerable. 40s

Murphy:  The Front of House Manager, 30s-40s.  An attractive flirt, charming, unambitious, easy-going.

Rita: A barmaid.  30s.  Fussy, pretty, kind and popular.

Ms Murdstone:  From the Arts Council.  Prim and severe, in a position of power and knows it.  40-50.

Clarence Mason:  A local councillor and Chair of the Theatre Trust and Doreta's husband.  A pompous bully, domineering and aggressive.   50s. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors


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Bettine Manktelow

Bettine Manktelow was born Bettine Stratton in Gillingham in Kent, and is the middle daughter of three.She became stage-struck at an early age andworked in a repertory company atChatham Theatre Royalat the age of sixteen as an assistant stage-manager, learning stage craft from the bottom up and graduating to acting par ...

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1999:  First presented under the title "Stage Struck" by the Guild Players at the Kilshawe Theatre, Deal, Kent.

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