Laughs and tears at the cemetery

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Despite its title, Ivan Menchell’s hilarious play ‘The Cemetery Club’ is far from gloomy or depressing. 
 Described as a ’Golden Girls-style comedy’, the play was first performed on Broadway and then filmed in 1993.

Now Halifax Thespians are bringing the play to Halifax Playhouse from Tuesday, May 6, to Saturday, May 10. It tells the story of three feuding New York Jewish women, Ida, Lucille and Doris (played by Brenda Chapel, Jo White and Marion Reynolds) who are members of ‘The Cemetery Club’.

They meet once a month at Ida’s house for tea and then trundle off to the cemetery to remember the good times and gossip with their late husbands.

But when Sam, a butcher, meets the widows at the cemetery while he is visiting his wife’s grave, he changes their lives forever.

Touching, sweet-tempered and moving, the play is directed for Halifax Thespians by Margaret Biglands and the cast also includes Keith Royston and Judith Hardaker.

The show starts at 7.30pm and there are matinees on Tuesday and Saturday, when tickets for two people are £14.

For booking details contact 01422 365998 or visit the website at