Armstrong’s Last Goodnight

National Theatre. Production from Chichester Festival Theatre

Cast & Crew


1st English Commissioner; Lord Johnstone’s secretary
1st Scots commissioner
2nd English Commissioner; Extra
Alexander McGlass
Archie Armstrong
Clerk to Scots commissioners; Lord Maxwell’s secretary
Clerk to the English commisioners; Extra
Gilbert Eliot of Stobs
Girl of Gilnockie’s household
Girl of Gilnockie’s household
Girl of Gilnockie’s household
James Johnstone; Cardinal’s secetary
John Armstrong of Gilnockie
John Armstrong’s wife
King James the Fifth of Scotland
Martin Eliot
Meg Eliot, Stobs’ daughter
Porter; Extra
Protestant Evangelist; 2nd Scots Commissioner
Sir David Lindsay
Tam Armstrong
The Lady
The Lady’s maid
Wille Armstrong


Assistant director
Co-director (Chichester)
Co-director (Chichester)
Director (for Old Vic revival)
Lighting designer

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  1. On 2nd June 2010 at 8:40 p.m., Richard Mangan noted:

    Original production by John Dexter and William Gaskill at Chichester Festival Theatre on July 6th 1965.

  2. On 24th November 2020 at 4:37 p.m., Mardy noted:

    We saw this play in Chichester. Most plays we saw then seemed to have Robert Stephens! Most abiding recollection is of the audience being unable or unwilling to understand the cod pseudo Scots. We loved laughing at the bawdy bits. I found the theatre itself interesting after the Assembly Hall in Edinburgh Festivals

  3. On 17th December 2020 at 11:50 a.m., Peter_S noted:

    As a most memorable moment, I’d have to cite the classic exchange between Albert Finney’s Armstrong and The Lady (clearly “attached” to Sir David Lindsay of the Mount) and deliciously played by Geraldine McEwen. The context was that Johnny Armstrong took it on himself to proposition The Lady , and was coolly rebuffed. Here, please, do your imaginative best with Scottish accents. NOW, as scripted – JOHNNY (incredulous) But yoor a Hoor ! LADY : Not yoor Hoor. Game, set and match to the Lady.

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