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The Heiress - July 2005

In 1840’s New York Catherine lives with her father, Dr Sloper. Her mother died some years before and Dr Sloper still idolises her and never misses an opportunity to compare her daughter to her … a comparison the daughter can never win.

The Heiress - Miss Lavinia Penniman, Dr Sloper and Catherine

When Morris Townsend, a handsome but penniless young man comes along and woos, and wins, his daughter’s heart Dr Sloper is sure that he is after her considerable inheritance, and opposes their marriage.

The Heiress - Mrs Elizabeth Almond, Arthur Townsend, Marion Almond, Morris Townsend, Mrs Lavinia Penniman, Dr Sloper and Catherine

Dr Sloper takes his daughter to Europe in the hope that she will forget Morris but she does not. After Catherine returns to New York the lovers plan to elope and Dr Sloper threatens to disinherit his daughter.

The Heiress - Mrs Elizabeth Almond, Mrs Montgomery & Dr Sloper

Maria (The Parlour Maid)   ................. Laura Hoad
Dr Austin Sloper   ................. Roger Mathewson
Mrs Lavinia Penniman (his Sister)   ................. Pamela Hoad
Catherine (his Daughter)    ................. Frances Guy
Mrs Elizabeth Almond (his Sister)................. Jenny Trace
Marion Almond (his Niece)................. Jenny Nash
Arthur Townsend (Marian's Fiance)................. Edward Heeley
Morris Townsend (Arthur's cousin)................. Ashley Leeds
Mrs Montgomery (Morris' Sister)................. Lynda Anning
Directed by................. James Montgomery