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Family Portrait


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A play by Lenore Coffee and W. Joyce Cowen.
[Starring] Fay Compton
The action takes place in Nazareth, Capernaum, and Jerusalem.


Writer: Lenore Coffee
Writer: W. Joyce Cowen
Producer: Chloe Gibson
Designer: Stewart Marshall
Mary: Fay Compton
Mary Cleophas: Joan Haythorne
Mary Magdalen: Rosalie Crutchley
Selima: Dandy Nichols
James: Anthony Newlands
Joseph: Stephen Boyd
Simon: Graham Ashley
Judah: Kenneth Haigh
Reba: Paula Byrne
Naomi: Anne Allan
Daniel a child: Michael Walker
Mordecai: Van Boolen
Eben, a pedlar: Jack MacGowran
Amos a waiter: Edward Brooks
Fisherman: Glyn Davys
Mathias a business man: Ronald Wood
A Disciple: William Lucas
Hepzibah: Marjory Hawtrey
Appius Hadrian: Charles Stapley
Anna: Gillian Maude
Rabbi Samuel: Leslie Sands
Mendel, a marriage broker: Peter Stephens
Woman of Jerusalem: Christie Humphrey
Nathan: Michael Collins
Daniel: Stuart Hutchison
Esther, Joseph's daughter: Juliet Winsor
Beulah: Joyce Chancellor
Leban: Richard Foat
Joshua, Leban's son: Robert Raikes
Other parts played by: James Beattie
Other parts played by: Madge Brindley
Other parts played by: Donald Cashfield
Other parts played by: Robert Checksfield
Other parts played by: Ann Gow
Other parts played by: Kim Grant
Other parts played by: Dafydd Havard
Other parts played by: Richard Price
Other parts played by: John Scott
Other parts played by: Sheila Stones
Other parts played by: Peter Ventham

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