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The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists archiveTressell's iconic Edwardian novel evokes a year in the lives of a team of builders as they struggle to survive on the breadline. Humour is never very far away as Tressell satirises the scams and tricks of the trade - still familiar to householders today - used by skinflint bosses to save time and money.

Author Stephen Lowe. Book by Robert (Noonan) Tressell.

Archive listings for The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

Work type: Play.


Presented byOxford Theatre Guild.
15 Oct 18 to 20 Oct 18OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford :: V800
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A two handed version by Stephen Lowe.Producer Townsend Productions (in association with Harrogate Theatre and Leighton Buzzard Library Theatre). Adapted by Neil Gore. Director Louise Townsend. Design Fine Time Fontayne. Lighting brian O'Carroll. Performer Neil Gore. Performer Jonathan Markwood.
5 Oct 15 to 31 Oct 15The Bussey Building AKA The CLF Art Cafe, Outer London :: V0401405791
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29 Sep 15 to 3 Oct 15Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
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A two handed version by Stephen Lowe.Producer Townsend Productions. Adapted by Stephen Lowe. Director Louise Townsend. Musical Director Neil Gore. Design Finetime Fontayne. Lighting Brian O'Carroll. Performer Richard Stone. Performer Neil Gore.
2 May 13The Berry Theatre, Hedge End :: V1619382763
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26 Apr 13Riverhouse Barn, Walton on Thames :: V1146
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6 Apr 13Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax :: V1098014226
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9 Mar 13Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
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5 Mar 13The Arts Centre (Rose Theatre), Ormskirk :: V527
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2 Mar 13The Cut, Halesworth :: V01084376924
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28 Feb 13Arts Centre, Norwich :: V73
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26 Feb 13Buxton Opera House, Buxton :: V424
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Company Townsend Productions. Adapted by Stephen Lowe. Director Louise Townsend. Musical Director Neil Gore. Design Fine Time Fontayne. Lighting Jo Dawson. Performer Rodney Matthew. Performer Neil Gore.
5 Feb 13 to 9 Feb 13Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
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13 Nov 12Coliseum Theatre, Oldham :: V497
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10 Oct 12Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury :: V0465778148
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1 Aug 12 to 27 Aug 12Assembly, Edinburgh :: V1535815773
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16 Jun 12The Civic, Barnsley :: V959
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12 Jun 12 to 13 Jun 12Castle Theatre, Wellingborough :: V465
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9 Jun 12Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington :: V563
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31 May 12The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed :: V986
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24 May 12 to 26 May 12Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate :: V942
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2 May 12 to 3 May 12The Rondo, Bath :: V855
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19 Apr 12Torch Theatre, Milford Haven :: V820
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28 Mar 12 to 29 Mar 12White Rock Theatre, Hastings :: V670
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23 Mar 12 to 24 Mar 12New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
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22 Mar 12Town Hall Arts Centre, Haverhill :: V88
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18 Mar 12Caistor Town Hall, Market Rasen :: V0881712604
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8 Mar 12 to 9 Mar 12Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham :: V0165922284
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7 Mar 12Burnley Mechanics, Burnley :: V519
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5 Mar 12Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry :: V156
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1 Mar 12 to 2 Mar 12Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft :: V196
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24 Feb 12Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells :: V691
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22 Feb 12 to 23 Feb 12Swan Theatre, Worcester :: V107
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20 Feb 12 to 21 Feb 12Civic Theatre, Doncaster :: V964
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19 Feb 12Town Hall Theatre, Hartlepool :: V559
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18 Feb 12Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline :: V1112
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17 Feb 12Birnam Arts and Conference Centre, Dunkeld :: V190789715
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16 Feb 12Byre Theatre, St Andrews :: V640
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11 Feb 12Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles :: V774625305
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10 Feb 12Eden Court Theatre, Inverness :: V626
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8 Feb 12Blackwood Miners' Institute, Caerphilly :: V1424
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7 Feb 12Arts Centre, Aberystwyth :: V817
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5 Feb 12South Hill Park Arts Centre, Wilde Theatre, Bracknell :: V731
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27 Jan 12 to 28 Jan 12The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol :: V1384579886
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24 Jan 12The Lights, Andover :: V01975093207
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4 Oct 11 to 8 Oct 11Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
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7 Sep 11The Met, Bury :: V476
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25 Jul 11 to 28 Jul 11The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick :: V7
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21 Jul 11Hertford Theatre, Hertford :: V11900172
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Producer RTP Productions. Adapted by Tom McIennan.
17 Sep 10 to 18 Sep 10Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn :: V1448285374
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Corporate Sponsor University of Chichester. Producer Chichester Festival Theatre. Director Christopher Morahan. Design Simon Higlett. Music Ilona Sekacz. Lighting James Whiteside. Sound Tom Lishman. Performer Dean Ashton (Jack Slyme/Didlum). Performer Will Beer (Easton/Grinder). Performer Louise Bush (Julie/Nora). Performer Larry Dann (Old Joe Philpott). Performer Tim Frances (Fred Harlow/Mr Sweater). Performer Finbar Lynch (Frank Owen). Performer Des McAleer (Hunter). Performer Thomas Morrison (Bert White). Performer Laura Rees (Ruth/Kirsty/Rushton's secretary). Performer Paul Regan (Bundy/Rushton). Performer Gyuri Sarossy (Barrington/Alan Flotter/Newman/Dr Weakling). Performer Nicolas Tennant (Bob Crass).
15 Jul 10 to 26 Aug 10Minerva Theatre, Chichester :: V1310317653
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17 Jun 10 to 10 Jul 10Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool :: V535
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This adaptation of Robert Tressell's hugely influential book about working class Edwardian life was commissioned by PCS for Unions 08 (the Trade Union's contribution to Liverpool's Capital of Culture programme) where it won great acclaim from enthusiastic audiences. Supported by Unity Theatre Trust, The Barry Amiel Trust and PCSAdapted by om Mclennan.
2 Jul 09Salford Arts Theatre, Salford :: V1688948497
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1 Jul 09The Met, Bury :: V476
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Company Chalkfoot Theatre Company. Adapted by Philip Dart.
7 Nov 07Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury :: V99
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24 Oct 07Arts Centre, Norwich :: V73
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Company Homefront Productions. Director R. Grice. Adapted by Tom McLennan.
8 May 04Unity Theatre, Liverpool :: V539
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Other listings

18 Feb 13 to 19 Feb 13Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
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30 Sep 10 to 2 Oct 10The Little Theatre, Birkenhead :: V532
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