Comic Wilde adaptation heads to Fleetwood

A comic retelling of a classic Oscar Wilde mystery story will be performed at Fleetwood Library in April.

“Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime”, a play adapted from a Wilde short story, will visit the library at 3pm on Thursday 27 April. Tickets for the show, which is suitable for ages 11+, can be booked directly from library staff or by emailing fleetwood.library@lancashire.gov.uk.

“Murder is always a mistake. One should never do anything one cannot talk about after dinner” says Lord Henry in Oscar Wilde’s novel, A Picture of Dorian Gray, but it is not necessarily advice that is heeded by Lord Arthur in another of Wilde’s famous works…

“Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” is a tale of love, honour, duty, fortune telling and inevitably, murder…

Artistic director, Martin Harris, has written a brand new adaptation for the stage and Rocket Theatre has created a hilarious two-man show with Harris playing Lord Arthur and Chris Bridgman as his trusty valet Middlewick.

Established in 1995 and based in Manchester, Rocket has been touring Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime for over two years, performing over 100 shows so far. They are delighted with the response they’ve had to their most successful show yet.

“It’s a wonderful black comedy, full of Wilde’s genius, wit and humour,” reveals Harris. “We’ve had extremely positive feedback from audiences around the country. It’s a real treat for Wilde lovers and it really is great entertainment.”

During the show, you can expect to laugh at Lord Arthur’s anecdotes, marvel at the versatility of his valet (who is coerced into playing a variety of roles – male and female) and gasp as sinister secrets are revealed that will have you squirming in your seat. There is also an opportunity to see how many titles of Wilde’s plays you spot, as Harris and Bridgman have cheekily snuck a few of them into the show. You may, of course, be familiar with The Importance of Being Earnest, but how many others do you know?

Rocket Theatre are continuing to tour the play throughout 2017 all over the UK. “We perform at both private and public events,” says Harris. “It’s a really flexible show, so as well as performing in theatres we’ve done it in a variety of other venues too – we recently performed in someone’s living room!”

The shows form part of Spot On Lancashire’s spring season of touring, taking professional arts events to rural venues and libraries across the county.

For more information on the shows and details on how to book tickets, or to see the full Spot On spring season programme, visit www.spotonlancashire.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Sue Robinson by emailing hello@spotonlancashire.co.uk or calling 01254 660 360.