RADS to stage comedy of errors at Georgian Theatre

Lord Arthur Savile's Crime.

Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society’s latest show aims to provide a much-needed evening of entertainment for audiences young and old.

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime is the ultimate comedy of errors and RADS say they haven’t held back bringing the show to life with plenty of laughs, pratfalls and of course a good helping of general silliness.

Beki Stevenson, from RADS, said: “Lord Arthur Savile is due to marry the love of his life – Miss Sybil Merton.

“Her mother however is not quite so sure, and so hires Mr Podgers, a chiromantist to read Lord Arthur’s palm.

“When Mr Podgers predicts a murder in Lord Arthur’s future, Arthur, determined not to let a task such as murder ruin his future married life sets out to commit it before the fateful day.

“With the help of his tireless Butler Baines and enthusiastic anarchist Winkelkopf they try their damnedest to bump off one of Arthur’s many relatives. What happens next is much less a whodunnit but much more a willhedoit.”

Gregan Davis, director of Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, said the play was adapted from an Oscar Wilde short story but is far removed from his usual vein of writing.

“I felt that a silly, undemanding, laugh-out-loud play was needed.

“After everything we’ve been through the past few years, there’s nothing more that people need, than a night out of laughter and buffoonery and Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime has that in bucket-loads.”

“I’ve been incredibly lucky with my cast. They have been willing to try anything and everything, from throwing themselves on the ground to throwing water in each other’s faces.

“The cast have completely brought the show to life and I think when a cast has fun in a performance so do an audience.”

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime performs at the Georgian Theatre Royal from march 24 to 26.

Tickets are available at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk or by calling their box office on 01748 825252.

RADS club nights are held on the second Monday of every month at their clubrooms on Castle Hill, with prospective members always welcome.