Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime

A comedy by Constance Cox
Performed in November 1989
Faringdon Community Theatre, The Pump House, Faringdon
Directed by Mrs Carole Tappenden

This full-length play is based on an 1890’s short story by Oscar Wilde about Lord Arthur Savile’s who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur’s palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first. Despite help from his butler and the cheerful anarchist Winkelkopf, attempt after attempt fails. Then news comes that Podgers is a charlatan: Lord Arthur is free and the carriage awaits to take him to the wedding rehearsal. Alas, it contains Winkelkopf’s newest bomb. Lord Arthur saves himself by tossing it into a horse trough. As the dust settles, two policemen appear and march the unhappy young man away and another postponement notice has to be sent to The Times.

The action of the play passes in the drawing room of Lord Arthur’s house in Grosvenor Square, London.