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The Admirable Crichton

Admirable-Crichton articleby J.M. Barrie

 

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“Dougal Lee gives a charismatic and statesman like performance as Crichton” The Herald

 

 4-Stars "Revival is a class act" Times

 

4-Stars "Memorably handsome and thoughtful... timely and immensely worthwhile production” The Scotsman

 

Lord Loam is a somewhat unusual example of the aristocracy. Believing the divisions in British society to be entirely artificial, he enjoys subverting the norm during monthly tea-parties at Loam Hall, forcing his three rather superior daughters and his well-to-do guests to mingle with the servants as equals - to everyone's profound embarrassment.

 

His butler, Crichton, who espouses altogether more traditional views, is naturally appalled by his master's radical opinions. For Crichton, there is a natural order to things in the life of a stately home, which should never be upset. For Crichton, there must always be masters and there must always be servants.

 

But what if the circumstances were to change?

 

When disaster strikes during a tropical cruise, the Loam family are marooned on a desert island with a group of friends and servants – including, of course, Crichton – and survival becomes the name of the game. In such a desperate situation, strong leadership is needed. And, in time, a leader does indeed emerge. But not, perhaps, the one that was expected . . .

 

One of the best known and perhaps the best loved of Barrie’s plays, this classic comedy from 1902 is a deftly constructed and sparklingly witty satire that still resonates today. A huge hit with audiences when it was last staged at PFT in 2001, miss this at your peril!

 

4-Stars  “A masterful spoof on the British class system” The Guardian

 

"17-strong Pitlochry ensemble shine in a thoroughly entertaining and poignant production" Perthshire Advertiser

 

 

 

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Discover our history "When staying in Pitlochry during the early part of the war, I chanced to see a stately house with a fairly large garden, quite close to the town. I at once realised that here my dream theatre might well be established in this fashionable resort right in the heart of Scotland"… John Stewart, Founder of Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

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