7th September 2019
10th September 2019
The Admirable Crichton (1902), a play by J. M. Barrie, is a satirical comedy dealing with class and social structure, about a butler who rises to become the leader of his aristocratic employers after they are all stranded on a deserted island.
Life in England is fairly straight forward for Lord Loam and his upper class family. Every month, they must have tea with the servants of the house to please Loam, who is becoming increasingly uneasy with the class system that has rewarded him so richly. Meanwhile the servants of the household (who are just as uncomfortable with acting as equals) keenly return to their places as soon as the unnatural event is over.
Loam announces that he is to take his family away on the yacht, but with just one ladies maid to cater to all three daughters – much to their horror. Also joining him is their faithful butler, Bill Crichton, – a man who is very happy playing his part in the class system that he regards as natural and right.
When their yacht sinks in the Atlantic, it doesn’t take long to realise that the upper class are utterly useless. Having only ever been willingly served, the Ladies and Lords find themselves in a whole new situation, where their privileged world as they know it is turned upside down.
Writer J.M. Barrie was a Scottish novelist and playwright best known for the world famous Peter Pan. The Admirable Crichton pokes fun at the aristocracy and challenges the concept of class in the Victorian era. Brought up-to-date for a delightful couple hours of entertainment in Stone this September.
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Performing 4th-7th September 2019 with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 7th September 2019.
This production follows the success of last year’s play – One Man, Two Guvnors (September 2018) directed by Harri Bailey, which delighted a record audience with an extra performance added and won the NODA award (Revellers 4th in 5 years).
The current production team aim to produce a show of similar calibre. Director Kath Walton makes her debut for Stone Revellers following her graduation from Liverpool Hope University with a Masters in Performance. She will be ably assisted by Charl Andrews – also making her directorial debut for Stone Revellers.
Stone Revellers have been producing theatre in Stone for 41 years and continue to thrive as a society, welcoming new members for every show through open auditions. On their 40th anniversary last year the group kick started the Crown Wharf Theatre Trust, a project in partnership with Joules Brewery to bring a 150 seater theatre to Stone by 2021 – with an ambitious £300,000 fund raising target.
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Producers for The Admirable Crichton: Joanne Whitehurst & Rob Stanway.