Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Act II)

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime (Act II), adapted from Oscar Wilde by Constance Cox
Performed 8th June 1967 at the Welwyn Drama Festival

This play is based on an 1890’s 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.

Information from 1967 Welwyn Drama Festival Programme, Welwyn Resource Library Ref: 792 Local Studies


Baines, The Butler : Albert Claydon

Lord Arthur Savile : Roger Newman-Turner

Sybil Merton, His Fiancée : Diana Stead

The Dean of Paddington, His Uncle : John Moore

Lady Windermere, His Aunt : Joyce Elson

Lady Clementine Beauchamp, His Great Aunt : Muriel Woollons

Lady Julia Merton, Sybil’s Mother : Valerie Coles

Nellie, The Maid : Margaret Alston

Herr Winkelkopf, An Anarchist : John Elson


Producer : Gwen Spinks

Costumes : Elaine Tickle

Set Design : Ken Spinks and Noel Ripley