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It is the Earl of Loam's whim to invite his servants once a month to the drawing room where they are treated as social equals. His daughter and friends are forced to serve them much to the distaste of Crichton, the butler, who knows his place.


He accompanies the Earl on a yachting party with the three daughters, an affected young man and a sporting parson, as well as the lady's maid who is in love with Crichton. They are wrecked on a desert island and Crichton, at first imperceptibly, takes command and wins their devotion by his resourcefulness. The women vie for his favor but he chooses Lady Mary, no longer indolent, but intensely vital for his wife. At this point a ship is seen in the offing and with noble self abnegation. Crichton signals to her and they are all rescued.


PLAYWRIGHT: James Matthew Barrie, (9 May 1860 – 19 June 1937), more commonly known as J. M. Barrie, was a Scottish novelist and dramatist. He is best remembered for creating Peter Pan. 



Genre: Comedy

Playwright: J M Barrie

Directed by: Nancy Forsdike

Production Date:  October 1987

Group:  BHTC

Staged:  The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill


BHTC Production Number: 142

Assistant Director

Stage Manager

Set Design

Set Construction

Technical Manager

Technical Team


Properties Team



Box Office

Front of House

Jan Case

Julie Richards

Elizabeth Batten

Terry Thompsett, Graham Wood & David Fox

Peter Coveney

Richard Griffin & John Hurst

Nancy Forsdike, Pam Jefferies & Liz Batten

Margaret Coveney, Norma Somerville & 

Barbara Kinsey

Jo White

Graham & Rosalind Wood

Julia Clark



Charles Lewis
Barry Kopp

Hannah Batten

Susan Lea

Jane Josephs

Keith Jefferies

Tim Leete

Norma Somerville

Chris Smith

Roy Lewry

Kevin Gray

Mary Jupp

Lily Crouch

Kerry Negus

Robert Negus

Nicola Wood

Heather Pratt

Jackie Lander

Stephen Lewry

Christine Lewry

Jamie Clark

Kevin Gray

Elizabeth Batten


The Hon. Ernest Woolley

Lady Agatha Lazenby

Lady Catherine Lazenby

Lady Mary Lazenby

The Earl of Loam

Lord Brocklehurst

Mrs Perkins

Monsieur Fleury

Mr Rolleston

Mr Tompsett / A Naval Officer

Miss Fisher

Miss Simmons

Mademoiselle Jeanne




Eliza (Tweeny)

Stable Boy

A Kitchen Wench

A Page Boy

A Naval Officer

The Countess of Brocklehurst


Programme & Press Cutting

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