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J M Barrie's The Admirable Crichton, 29th February - 2nd March 1996

The Admirable Crichton by Sir James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937) has a social message, delivered with his own mild humour. He is probably best known by children for the play Peter Pan:


“When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

Yoy may have memories of Lewis Gilbert’s delightful 1957 film of The Admirable Crichton starring Kenneth More as Crichton, the butler. Of Crichton, all we can quote is Barrie:


“Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.”
J. M. Barrie ndash; Rectoral Address at St. Andrews, 3 May 1922.

Cast List

The Hon. Ernest Woolley Sean Tyler
Crichton Geoff Westgarth
Lady Agatha Gill Smith
Lady Catherine Edwina Cole
Lady Mary Janet Harrington
Mr Treherne Mike Vaughan
Lord Loam John Reynolds
Lord Brocklehurst Paul Pridmore
Tweeny Bethan Vaughan
Lady Brocklehurst Sarah O’Connor


A butler (Crichton) who believes strongly in social Darwinism is marooned on a desert island along with his buffoonish betters, and leadership lines are neatly reversed until the castaways are rescued. Crichton holds the fate of British gentility in his hands upon the company’s return to London; he may choose to reveal his role as king-of-the-island or remain mute. What is his choice?

Production Team

Producer/Director Tim Smith
Lighting and Sound Sue Vaughan
Lin Howard
The Players’ families
Set Building Peter Hurley
Tony Norton
Malcolm Harrington
The Players
Special Props Brian Malyon
Stage Crew & Props Alex Westgarth
Rob Burt
Prompt Gill James
Barbara Langrish
Box Office Hilary Wiseman
Poster/Programme Alex Westgarth
Geoff Westgarth
Publicity Sean Tyler
Make Up/Dresser Hilary Wiseman

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