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The Bartholomew Players are delighted and honoured to perform

the World Amateur Theatre Premiere of a lively and hugely enjoyable comedy:


“Von Ribbentrop’s Watch”

by Maurice Gran & Laurence Marks


who wrote the big TV hits 'Birds of a Feather'

& 'The New Statesman' among other things.


A short snapshot of the production can be viewed here​.


A video of our dress rehearsal can be viewed here.

When Gerald Roth, the middle-aged head of a middle class Jewish household

in Pinner, Middlesex sends his father’s expensive “Longines” watch for repair,

he is shocked to discover its rather chequered history!


When he further learns that the value of the watch would solve all

their financial problems, the family is presented with a moral dilemma.

While this is addressed, some unsavoury truths are uncovered.


Remarkably, the play’s central theme is based on Laurence Marks’ own experience

of buying the watch in LA, only to discover later who was the original owner!

Director Gareth Hammond says

“I saw this play performed at Oxford Playhouse several years ago and have wanted

to put it on ourselves ever since. When I approached the authors about this,

I was thrilled to get their agreement. They have even said they will come to one

of our performances. It is a very funny play, which everyone will enjoy.

I can’t recommend it highly enough and look forward to welcoming

our audiences back after the enforced break.”

The play will run from 24th – 27th November
(covid restrictions permitting)


The Bartholomew Players are excited to learn that they will be performing in front of the authors – highly acclaimed TV playwrights Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran – at the Friday 26th November performance and, along with the audience, will then be treated to a short talk on the genesis of the play afterwards.

Running time: 110 mins approx

Click here for our mention in The Oxford Mail.


Paul Stammers:

"This is a great evening’s entertainment."

Read Paul Stammers review here


Oxford Drama Network:

"The dialogue throughout was tight and very funny. The Jewish family poking fun at themselves and hurling insults at each other was very effective. The fight between the brothers was well staged.  The cast soon settled down and got into their stride.
The large first-night audience were very appreciative and rightly so. Another splendid production."

Read Oxford Drama Network's review here


NODA (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) wrote:

"The ensemble work was of a very high quality and the fight scene almost alarmingly realistic. The production values were generally very high, and in particular the design and build quality of the set was extremely good."

Read NODA's review here

Due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic,

we will not be hosting a charity supper on the Friday evening,

but instead will have a regular show on each of the four nights of the run.


We will follow all Government guidance in place at the time of the performance regarding COVID-19 safety measures – please check our website regularly for updates.


We highly recommend that you purchase tickets online in advance in order that we have your contact details should we need to inform you of any changes to the performance or Government guidance.


Venue: Eynsham Village Hall, Back Lane, Eynsham, OX29 4QW


Dates: Wed 24th, Thurs 25th (sold out), Fri 26th (sold out) and Sat 27th Nov 2021


Doors open: 6.30pm, Performance: 7.30pm


Price: £10.00 (no concessions)


Available: online from:

in advance from Denise Santilli, 07721 744020,

from Evenlode DIY in Eynsham

or on the door



Gerald Roth – John Grant-Casey

Ruth Roth – Elaine Leggett

Mrs Lila Roth – Debi Diacon

David Roth – Ianto Wain

Sasha Roth – Sara Miller

Mr Blackburn – Ed Miller

The Collector  – Nick Smith


Lachaim by Kevin MacLeod ( is part of the YouTube Audio Library (
and it's licensed under a Creative Commons license (



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