Chatsworth Players stage Wilde classic

CP Lord Arthur Savile - Andrew DennisOscar Wilde’s black comedy satirising the morals of the upper classes, as Lord Savile tries to fulfil a murderous prophecy is being staged by The Chatsworth Players this month.

The indomitable Sylvia Jackson likes a challenge and loves Wilde, so staging Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime in the beautiful surroundings of the theatre at Chatsworth House was a given.

This play is based on an 1890s story about Lord Arthur Savile who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. He has had his palm read and been told he would commit a murder.

Lord Arthur, played by Andrew Dennis (above), 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.

You have to go along to find out what happens but one thing is for certain if the Chatsworth Players live up to their past reputation for entertaining an audience then you are in for a treat.

You will have to book tickets soon though as they have a tendency to sell out.

It is being shown from October 15 to 20 and you can combine your ticket with high tea on the 16th, 17th and 20th or with a black tie dinner on Friday October 18.

Check out the website for more details and prices. Although most tickets have now been sold.

Sylvia formed the Chatsworth Players soon after the amazing Victorian theatre sets were discovered in the former ballroom at the stately home back in 2005.

The Duke of Devonshire asked for her advice and what might be done with the theatre and she was only too happy to help. She had already been thinking about forming a production group for the area.

“It occurred to me that some of the small village societies might like to join together once or twice a year to do special productions with a larger cast and a more challenging piece,” she said.

“I put an advertisement in the paper to invite anyone to come along to a reading and I was overwhelmed both by the reaction but also the enthusiasm and talent on display.”

When asked if she has a favourite playwright she puts Shakespeare at the top but Wilde is up their with him.

“I have a long lasting love of Oscar Wilde – his wonderful language is a joy to speak and his grasp on human nature, and its trials and tribuations is enduring.”

Sylvia has produced a video to promote this latest Chatsworth Players’ production and you can watch it by going to the website.