The Chalk Garden

the chalk garden, theatricum botanicum

A Play of Wit and Intrigue.

On Saturday, June 30, 8 p.m., laugh and wonder at Theatricum’s opening night production of Enid Bagnold’s unique comedy. The Chalk Garden, according to Theatricum Botanicum’s website, is set in the Sussex seaside in the 1950’s. Mrs. St. Maugham is an eccentric who spends her days gardening but can’t make anything grow. Her precocious teenage granddaughter, Laurel, has a penchant for lighting fires while Maugham’s estranged daughter, Olivia, struggles to find her place. When the mysterious Miss Madrigal is hired as a household companion, family secrets and intrigue unfold in a play that is poetic, zany, and incredibly entertaining. Directed by Susan Angelo, The Chalk Garden is a witty blend of humor and insightful truths. It stars Carmen Flood, Ellen Geer, Willow Geer, William Dennis Hunt, Melora Marshall, and Michael Nehring.


For prices, more show times, online ticket sales, and other Theatricum productions, go to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga CA 90290 (midway between Pacific Coast Highway and the Ventura [101] freeway).


Claire Fordham

Fordham worked for the BBC, ITN and Sky News in the UK and wrote a weekly anecdotal column for Britain’s biggest-selling newspaper, The Sun. She currently writes regularly for Huffington Post, The Malibu Times and the Messenger Mountain News. See "A Chat with Claire Fordham" on this website under Podcasts.

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