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Lord Arthur Savile's Crime: July 1993

By Constance Cox based on the story by Oscar Wilde

'Lord Arthur Savile's Crime' programme cover

This play is based on an 1890's story by Oscar Wilde about Lord Arthur Savile who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder.

Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first. Despite help from his butler and the cheerful anarchist Winkelkopf, attempt after attempt fails.

Then news comes that Podgers is a charlatan: Lord Arthur is free and the carriage awaits to take him to the wedding rehearsal. Alas, it contains Winkelkopf's newest bomb. Lord Arthur saves himself by tossing it into a horse trough. As the dust settles, two policemen appear and march the unhappy young man away and another postponement notice has to be sent to The Times.


Scroll down for photos, cast and crew.

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Cast (in order of appearance) Backstage
Baines, the butler: Mike Thame Producer: Peggy Francis
Lord Arthur Savile: Ben Britton Set Design and Build: members of the Players
Sybil Merton, his fiancee: Julie Thompson Prompt: Angelique Van Woerkom
The Dean of Paddington, his uncle: Neil Batchelor Props: Kete Smallbone
Lady Windermere, his wife: June Cooper Photos: Ben Britton
Lady Clementina Beauchamp, his great-aunt: Joan Spall  
Lady Julia Merton, Sybil's mother: Elizabeth Williams  
Mr Podgers, the “cheiromantist”: David Gooch  
Nellie, the maid: Coral Batchelor  
Herr Winkelkopf, an anarchist: Kees Van Woerkom  
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