The Graduate 
A Play Adapted by Terry Johnson, based on the Novel by Charles Webb, and the Motion Picture Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry


Benjamin Braddock is a confused young man. Having spent four years achieving a brilliant scholastic record, upon graduation he finds himself adrift, uncertain about his future, disconnected from his purpose, and increasingly alienated from the upper-class, suburban, “plastic” world of his parents. Fighting panic and boredom, he is deeply conflicted but ultimately willing when Mrs. Robinson, the unhappily married, alcoholic, and dangerously charismatic wife of his father’s business partner, tempts him into an affair. Benjamin’s tenuous existence of lazy days and stolen nights falls apart when he falls in love -- with Elaine, Mrs. Robinson’s upbeat, optimistic daughter. Based on the novel and the iconic 1967 film, the play is a bitterly hilarious dark comedy, full of rapid-fire dialogue between fascinating and horrifying characters

Production photography by Megan Lucas

Cast & Creatives

Ben Stanton
Benjamin Braddock

Phil PurkisMr Braddock
Vicky KellyMrs Braddock
Fraser HainesMr Robinson
Emma AustinMrs Robinson
Barry Dougall
Desk Clerk / Priest

Julia LangleyElaine Robinson
Bernadette Wood
Stripper / Psychiatrist

Kate BillinghamEnsemble
Denise SwannEnsemble
Richard JordanDirector
Denise SwannStage Manager
Emma BarrowSet Design
Megan Lucas
Lighting & Sound Design

Vicky KellyCostume
Kate BillinghamCostume
Sue Hornby-MessengerContinuity
Martin Borley-CoxProgramme
Joe BrownPoster Photographer


May 3 - Herford Theatre
May 16-18 - The Deco Theatre, Northampton