This week, Newport Playgoers open their 2019-20 season with Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, an Oscar Wilde story adapted for the stage by Constance Cox.
This is a revival for Playgoers and its director, Malcolm Davies, who was in Newport Playgoers last presentation of the play 50 years ago.
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime is set in the 1890’s. Lord Arthur is preparing to marry Sybil Merton until a fortune teller informs him that he has to murder someone before he gets married. With the help of his loyal butler Baines, they try to poison one of his old relations. Unfortunately, however, they fail.
Enter a German anarchist who offers his professional help. After quite a few different attempts witch also fail, there is one last desperate, highly inventive attempt which ends in laughable failure. This is a play that goes through 3 phases, light comedy, high comedy and farce.
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime runs at the Dolman Theatre, Newport from September 17-21. Ticket information and details available via dolmantheatre.co.uk