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The Admirable Crichton

  • Wed May 24, 7:30
  • Thu May 25, 7:30
  • Fri May 26, 7:30
  • Sat May 27, 7:30
  • Sun May 28, 2:00
  • $20 General Admission

Downton Abbey meets Gilligan's Island

Live Music!



Social statement..?

In 1902, it was a satire on class distinctions; today, not so much.

Director Steve Wendt and Stage Manager Catherine Potts-Halpin have created extra vignettes between Act 1 set in an English Manor and Act 2 on the island, and again between Act 3 on the island two years later and Act 4 back in the English manor. They have also added dances and live music.

With a cast of 23 actors on stage in Act 1, and a mixture of comedy and period drama like the British series Upstairs/ Downstairs, Admirable Crichton is sure to please.

Cast and Crew

Crichton (Gov) Chad Wolfe
Lady Mary Lasenby (Polly) Genevieve Finley-Griffin
Tweeny Laura Forsythe
Hon. Ernest Wooley Ray Burrage-Goodwin
Countess Lady Brocklehurst Anik Whyte
Earl of Loam (Daddy) David Lang
Agatha Lasenby (Aggy) Angelique Iles
Catherine Lasenby (Kitty) Diana Fisher
Treherne (John) Raúl Rodríguez
Fisher (Mary’s maid) Larisa Christensen
Lord Brocklehurst Jason Churchill
Officer Freddy Lang
Coach Tompsett Freddy Lang
Mrs Perkins Geraldine Reid
Simmons (C’s maid) Tracey Dennis
Jeanne (A’s maid) Sandy Wendt
Kitchen Jane Sasha Yakovlev
Kitchen Gladys Sandra Leslie
Footman John Matthew Douwes
Footman Thomas Winston Kinnaird
Sailor Winston Kinnaird
Chef Fleury Cathie Raina
Page Dominic Churchill
Servant Lorelai Finley-Griffin
Valet Rolleston Jim Fisher
DirectorSteve Wendt
Assistant DirectorSharon Sangster
PrompterLee Gaw
PropsCathie Raina
Hair, MakeupTheresa McCaig
Shauna Akkermans
Susan Potts-Halpin
CostumesSuzanne Irving
Stage Manager
Catherine Potts-Halpin
Publicity, Programs
Phil Irving
Set DesignCatherine Potts-Halpin
Catherine Potts-Halpin,
John Douwes,
Matthew Douwes
Tech: Sound,
Terry Watkiss
Phil Irving
VideographyAdam Finley-Griffin
TreasurerRichard Pickard


It was produced by Charles Frohman and opened at the Duke of York's Theatre in London on 4 November 1902, running for an extremely successful 828 performances. It starred Henry Irving as Crichton and Irene Vanbrugh as Lady Mary Lasenby.

In 1903, the play was produced on Broadway by Frohman, starring William Gillette as Crichton and Sybil Carlisle as Lady Mary.

George C. Tyler revived it at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York in 1931 starring Walter Hampden as Crichton, Hubert Bruce at the Earl of Loam and Fay Bainter as Lady Mary Lasenby.

In 1985 the play was staged at the Royal Exchange, Manchester with Hugh Quarshie as Crichton, Janet McTeer as Lady Mary Lasenby, Amanda Donohoe as Lady Catherine Lasenby and Avril Elgar as Mrs Perkins.

The play was revived in London in 1989 with Edward Fox as Crichton, and the newly knighted Rex Harrison as Lord Loam. Harrison's mentor Gerald du Maurier played the nephew in the original production.

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