“And here’s to you, Mrs Robinson …..” The opening lyrics of the Simon and Garfunkel song are synonymous with the 1967 movie, The Graduate, starring Anne Bancroft and a young Dustin Hoffman.
Adapted to a play, The Graduate opened on Broadway in 2002 to rave reviews. A successful West End transfer followed with names such as Kathleen Turner and Jerry Hall playing Mrs Robinson.
The latest transfer is to the stage of the Guildhall of St George in Lynn next week with a production by the King’s Lynn Players, following the success of their October musical The Addams Family.
Director Anthony Maley says: “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to direct this brilliantly witty comedy-drama on its first outing in this area. I’ve got a super-talented cast who are really bringing the characters, their highs and lows and all their flaws, to life”.
The story revolves around the seduction of a young man, Benjamin Braddock, by the wife of his father’s best friend, Mrs Robinson. The fallout of this relationship is pretty dramatic for both families as audiences will find out.
The character of Mrs Robinson is played by Carol Storey – no stranger to being on stage in a state of undress, having appeared in Calendar Girls with the Players in 2013.
Benjamin Braddock is played by David Martin in his debut with the society. Mr Robinson is played by Ian Ding, Elaine Robinson by Daisy Norwood (also in her debut with the Players) and Mr and Mrs Braddock are played by Colin Davies and Teresa Sharp.
The production (which contains adult themes) will be staged from Thursday to Saturday, March 17-19, at the Guildhall at 7.30 pm with a matinee on Saturday at 2.30 pm. Tickets are just £10 and are available from the Corn Exchange Box Office on 01553 764864.