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Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime


Written by Constance Cox
Story by Oscar Wilde
Directed by Peter Moore

Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking.
28th – 31st May 2008
at 7.45pm

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions)

Ottershaw Players Box Office: 01932 702091

Rhoda McGaw Box Office: 0870 060 6645


Lord Arthur Savile is a well-bred gentleman who is ‘not overburdened with brains’. His engagement to the lovely Sybil Merton looks like eternal happiness – but all this changes when his prospective mother in law, Lady Julia Merton, insists he has his palm read by Mr Podgers, a well-respected cheiromantist who predicts that Lord Arthur will commit a murder at some time. To prevent his future wife from having to bow her head in shame for him, Arthur feels duty-bound to get the dirty deed over and done with before the marriage and sets about choosing his victim, and their method of disposal.

He enlists the help of his faithful butler, Baines, and decides to poison his great aunt. While planning this murder, a strange character appears offering his help. His name is Herr Winkelkopf and he professes to be ‘President of the Royal Society of Anarchists’. Suffice to say, things go drastically awry with the first murder attempt, so another victim is selected, and another! Things then go from bad to worse, until an important revelation about the identity of Mr Podgers puts an end to the whole fiasco…or does it?


Baines Matthew Horton
Lord Arthur Savile Mark Holton
Sybil Merton Sam Bennett
The Dean of Paddington George Grafton
Lady Windermere Julia Stevens
Lady Clementina Beauchamp Alison Byers
Lady Julia Merton Tina Knight
Mr Podgers Brian Inns
Nellie Jill Coles
Herr Winkelkopf Sandy Hurle


Director Peter Moore
Stage Manager Lyn Mison
Assistant Director Lisel Slark
Set Design Claire White-Aldworth & David Dunlop
Set Build David Dunlop, Alan Wakefield, Peter Pratt, David Moore, George Grafton & Peter Moore
Lighting Jonathan Miller
Sound Bob Day, Simon Price, Tim Matthews
Wardrobe Chris Moore
Wardrobe Assistants Kate White-Aldworth, Brenda Midwinter
Props Claire White-Aldworth
Front of House Manager Chris Moore
FOH Assistants Paul Foster, Sue Dingley, Jill Payne, Penny Matthews, Judy Stevens, Kay Doyle, Kevin Doyle, Tara Doyle
Box Office Chris Moore
Photography Jim Gallimore
Thanks to: Joan McPherson; Carol Botterill; Jon Sandys; Oast Theatre, Tonbridge; Help the Aged, Addlestone; Tiger Timber; The Castle pub, Ottershaw; New Haw Community Centre


Read the director’s blog here.


“I say, a really ‘top drawer’ performance by all.  Truly superb, five stars.” – Mr B. Lane, Addlestone.

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