Spider’s Web

Jacqueline Smith created the role of Pippa Hailsham-Brown prior to becoming Margaret Barton’s understudy in the West End. (‘Chit Chat’, The Stage 12th January 1956, page 8.)

Elizabeth Bird understudied Margaret Lockwood and later Anne Crawford, taking over the role of Clarissa Hailsham-Brown when Anne Crawford left the cast through illness. (‘Chit Chat’, The Stage 20th September 1956, page 13.) Anne Crawford subsequently died, aged 35, on 17th October.

Elizabeth Bird was unable to play the post-West End weeks at Streatham Hill and Golders Green owing to pregnancy. Margaret Lockwood reprised her original role for these final dates. (‘Miss Lockwood to the Rescue’, The Stage 11th October 1956, page 1.)

Cast & Crew


Clarissa Hailsham-Brown
Constable Jones
Elgin (replacement)
Henry Hailsham-Brown
Henry Hailsham-Brown (replacement)
Hugo Birch
Inspector Lord
Jeremy Warrender
Mildred Peake
Oliver Costello
Pippa Hailsham-Brown
Sir Rowland Delahaye
Pippa Hailsham-Brown (replacement)
  (started 14th December 1954)
Sir Rowland Delahaye (replacement)
  (started 5th March 1956)
Clarissa Hailsham-Brown (replacement)
  (started 25th June 1956)
Clarissa Hailsham-Brown (replacement)
  (started September 1956)


Decor by
General Manager
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Company Manager
Miss Lockwood dressed by (West End)
Miss Lockwood’s gowns by (pre-West End)
Press Representative
Scenery built by
Scenery painted by
Wardrobe Mistress


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Play description

The action takes place in the drawing room of Copplestone Court, the Hailsham-Browns’ home in Kent, in 1935.

Photo credits


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