Warren Chetham-Strode

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Reginald Warren Chetham-Strode, MC (28 January 1896 – 26 April 1974) was an English author and playwright. He wrote several plays including the West End hit The Guinea Pig (1946) which was turned into a film in 1948.[1][2] He also wrote screenplays for several films between 1935 and 1951 including Odette (1950).[3]

He was educated at Sherborne School.[4] During World War I, he was commissioned into the Border Regiment. As a lieutenant, he was awarded the Military Cross in 1916.[5] His elder brother Edward Randall Chetham-Strode was killed in action in 1917.[6]

He wrote the BBC Radio series, The Barlowes of Beddington, which ran from 1955 to 1959. 'The story of a public school seen through the eyes of a Headmaster and his Wife'. Patrick Barr played Robert Barlowe the headmaster and Pauline Jameson, Kate, his wife.[7] Evans, the Head Boy, was Edward Hardwicke, John Charlesworth was Finlay, Barry McGregor was Shepherd and boys in the background were pupils from Barking Abbey School. Geoffrey Wincott played Dogget, the School Porter and Anthony Shaw was the Governor, General Naseby.

He was married on 16 July 1927 to the writer Moira Verschoyle, with whom he had one son, Michael Edward Chetham-Strode.[8]


  1. ^ Wearing, J. P. (22 August 2014). The London Stage 1940-1949: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9780810893061.
  2. ^ "The Guinea Pig (1948) - John Boulting, Roy Boulting | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie.
  3. ^ "Obituary: Mr. Warren Chetham-Strode". The Times. 27 April 1974. p. 16.
  4. ^ "Clifton RFC History - WW1 - Warren Chetham-Strode". www.cliftonrfchistory.co.uk.
  5. ^ http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29837/supplements/11533
  6. ^ "Casualty". www.cwgc.org.
  7. ^ "Patrick Barr and Pauline Jameson in * THE BARLOWES OF BEDDINGTON'". 31 January 1955. p. 19 – via BBC Genome.
  8. ^ Burke's Landed Gentry of Ireland. 1976. p. 1166.

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