The Holly & the Ivy Past Productions


By Wynyard Brown
Original Design by Alison Gorton
Updated Design by Michael Lunney
Directed by Michael Lunney


Five acclaimed actors have played the role of Reverend Martin Gregory

It is now eighteen years since Middle Ground first began touring Wynyard Browne’s wonderful uplifting Christmas drama The Holly & the Ivy. In that time it has played hundreds of performances to tens of thousands of people, and featured five different Reverends. The very fact that the play continues to pack out theatres year after year is a real testament to the cast, crew and production team who faithfully recreate this heart-warming tale. Set around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 1947, the story follows the family of elderly Reverend Martin Gregory as they gather together for Christmas.

The faithful daughter, her estranged sister, the son in the army (not to mention two bickering old aunts), make sure it’s certainly a festive period to remember! Simmering tensions, incredible revelations, and a good dose of humour make this an absorbing and uplifting drama for the whole family.

Stuart McGugan is the latest in a line of esteemed actors to play the role of Reverend Martin Gregory, including Philip Madoc, Barry Foster, Tony Britton and Dermot Walsh.




Stuart McGugan with Alan Leith (2013)

Philip Madoc with Zoe Kennedy (2011)

Tony Britton with Katarina Olsson (2005)

Barry Foster with Lee Warburton (1997)

Barry Foster with Lee Warburton (1997)