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Popular actor to be remembered at new production in Redgrave




Wortham and Redgrave Theatre Society will perform Anne of The Thousand Days this week.
Wortham and Redgrave Theatre Society will perform Anne of The Thousand Days this week.

Favourite local actor Leslie Dumbell will be remembered when Wortham and Redgrave Theatre Society present Anne of The Thousand Days in Redgrave Church this week.

The production will be in memory of Mr Dumbell who died suddenly while in Yorkshire, earlier this month.

A versatile performer on the local amateur dramatics stage, Mr Dumbell was a member of the Wortham and Redgrave Theatre Society, known as WARTS, for 33 years.

The company's production of Anne of The Thousand Days, from June 20 to 22 – will be dedicated to his memory.

Mr Dumbell's widow, Alison, said this week: "He would have loved this.

"Leslie loved the theatre and had a brilliant memory. He could still recite passages from Shakespeare and lines from songs years after he had performed them. I miss him terribly."

Keith Charman, chairman of WARTS, said: “Leslie and his wife, Alison, were much loved by our audiences in Botesdale and Redgrave.

Leslie Dumbell when he performed in a Christmas Carol, with Libby Goldspink and Matthew Clark
Leslie Dumbell when he performed in a Christmas Carol, with Libby Goldspink and Matthew Clark

"Leslie has been in more than 70 of our productions and was a real stalwart of the group. He will be greatly missed, both as a member and a friend.”

Mr and Mrs Dumbell kept the Wortham post office stores and tea rooms until their retirement, when they moved to Bressingham. “Visits to the shop were entertaining because he was such a character,” said Mr Charman.

In Warts productions, he took on all manner of parts – including four in A Man For All Seasons when he was a narrator, boatman, servant and executioner, said Mr Charman.

He was a comic actor who could take on serious roles, and his range of parts extended from the cantankerous Uncle Harvey in Alan Ayckbourn’s black comedy Season’s Greetings to Scrooge in the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.

Mr Charman said he was also an accomplished singer, having taken part in Gilbert and Sullivan productions at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.

* WARTS (Wortham and Redgrave Theatre Society) latest production is Anne of The

Thousand Days by Maxwell Anderson. Set in the Tudor Court of Henry VIII, the play tells of

his pursuit and tempestuous romance with Anne Boleyn who became the second of his six

wives.

The play will be performed in the atmospheric setting of St Mary’s Church, Redgrave from

June 20 to 22 starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £9 (£5 under 16s) and are available from

Redgrave Community Shop, Wortham Post Office or the Box Office on 01379 658710.

* Mr Dumbell's funeral will take place at Bressingham Church on July 9, at 2pm, followed by a wake at Diss Rugby Club.

All donations will go to the Friends of Bressingham Church.


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