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.
|Crichton (Gov)||Chad Wolfe|
|Lady Mary Lasenby (Polly)||Genevieve Finley-Griffin|
|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|
|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|
|Chef Fleury||Cathie Raina|
|Valet Rolleston||Jim Fisher|
|Assistant Director||Sharon Sangster|
|Hair, Makeup||Theresa McCaig|
|Set Design||Catherine Potts-Halpin|
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.