Comedy in The Cave at Buxton

UK - Stephen Lowe's The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists directed by Louise Townsend at Assembly as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.ARTSBEAT THEATRE: A two-handed original adaptation of Robert Tressell’s classic book The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist will appear at Buxton Opera House on February 26 at 7.30pm.

The hilarious fast paced piece shares with the audience a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators as they renovate ‘The Cave’, a three-storey town house, for Mayor Sweater.

It traces their hardships and struggles for survival in a complacent and stagnating Edwardian England.

The workers are the ‘philanthropists’ who throw themselves into back-breaking work for poor wages in order to generate profit for their masters.

The enduring and absorbing classic story is brought to life by Neil Gore and Fine Time Fontayne, two experienced performers who use comedy routines, authentic Edwardian music, and a few surprises to tell the story.

There will be a Q&A with the company in the stalls after the show.

Tickets for the 7.30pm show are priced at £13 and discounts are available.

For more information or to buy tickets call the box office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at