The third Lavenham Players production, and the first in spring. J.M. Barrie's The Admirable Crichton was directed by Robert Crighton who came to Lavenham Players from The Quay (SDS) to direct for us.
Loam Hall is the household of Lord Loam, a British peer, Crichton being his butler. Loam considers the class divisions in British society to be artificial. He promotes his views during tea-parties where servants mingle with his aristocratic guests, to the embarrassment of all. Crichton particularly disapproves, considering the class system to be "the natural outcome of a civilised society".
Loam, his family and friends, and Crichton are shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. The resourceful Crichton is the only one of the party with any practical knowledge, and he assumes, initially with reluctance, the position of leader. This role begins to change Crichton himself, and his social betters at first resist his growing influence, but later return, having to accept the food Crichton alone has been able to find and cook.
As time passes, Crichton has civilised the island with farming and house building and Lady Mary, Loam's daughter, falls in love with him and they plan to marry. However, a passing ship discovers them and Crichton resumes his status as butler.
Back at Loam Hall, the Loams and their friends are embarrassed by Crichton's presence and the suspicion that Lady Mary might have been unfaithful to Lord Brocklehurst, to whom she was formerly betrothed. Finally, to protect Lady Mary, Crichton announces his leaving service and the play ends with his and Lady Mary's regretful final parting.